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The latest edition of the Beyond the Boxscore Podcast (#29 for those of you counting along, and #4 since the re-launch), featured host Blake Murphy (me!) and guest Alex Kienholz discussing the Evan Longoria extension, R.A. Dickey, Shaun Marcum, Kyle Lohse, Brandon McCarthy, Edwin Jackson and more.
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As you have likely heard already, Philadelphia Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games for using amphetamines. As a consequence, the legitimacy and merit of Ruiz's breakout season now seem largely suspect, especially with regard to the dramatic power spike he had exhibited in 2012.
To get an idea of how unique Ruiz's power surge was, I took a glance at all players who experienced a SLG spike of at least 29% compared to that of their previous three seasons. Ruiz hit for a robust .540 SLG in 2012, compared to a pedestrian .417 SLG over the course of his previous 3 seasons from 2009-2011. That caliber of 3-year to 1-year surge ranks 14th over the last decade:
To best resemble Ruiz's situation I limited the 3 year sample to those players with at least 1000 PA and at least 400 PA in year 4. In the interest of query speed I also required at least 100 PA in each of the previous seasons as well.
This is a very interesting group. Javy Lopez, for instance, has been "linked" to steroid use on more than one occasion. And certainly everyone remembers Jose Bautista's recent power surge in 2010, for which god knows he's faced his own share of PED suspicions. There were plenty of whispers of Melvin Mora's use and Brian Roberts, of course, made the Mitchell Report. Even Adrian Beltre's first "contract year" accusation came in 2004 when he hit some 20 HR more than he had ever hit previously. (Bret Boone and Barry Bonds make the list in 2001.)
So obviously power surges of this size hardly go unnoticed because they are so rare and so suggestive of wrong-doing. And Ruiz in 2012 wasn't really an exception. Today he has simply given all the PED Pessimists, both the practical and the paranoid, one more reason to doubt the next break-out. And that is terribly unfortunate for baseball.
But really what most intrigues me about Ruiz's now-tainted season is something Beyond The Box Score's very own Glenn DuPaul noted on Twitter: in addition to having a career high slugging rate, Ruiz's BB% also inexplicably plummeted from the typically excellent rates he owned in previous seasons. Ruiz averaged a walk rate of 11.7% from 2009-2011, but in 2012 that unexpectedly fell to an uncharacteristic below-average rate of just 6.9%.
In addition to being counter-intuitive, a dramatic loss of plate discipline side-by-side with a spike in power of this magnitude is also extremely rare. Consider that of all players to have experienced a power surge similar to that of Ruiz's season in 2012, his is one of only a handful of seasons to have seen such a tremendous drop in walk rate at the same time:
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Whether this has anything to do with Ruiz's use of amphetamines I can't say. But it is a rare enough of an occurrence that some may want to consider the possibility of some sort of a relationship. I'm not so sure that I am one of those people, but if you are, I am certainly not going to argue with you. What I am mostly curious about is if the readership has any suggestions as to what would cause this kind of phenomenon.
Why would slugging peak while patience slumps? Any ideas?
Tables made using the Lahman Database.
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We are just a few days away from the deadline to tender arbitration eligible players. As the Royals position themselves for the upcoming season, talk turns to budgets and payroll for 2013. The Royals currently have nine players under a signed contract for the 2013 season.
Now lets turn to the players eligible for arbitration. The following estimates are from MLB Trade Rumors.
That pushes the payroll to $58.65 million for 12 players. (Yes, I know the Royals should non-tender Luke Hochevar. Yes, he's the most frustrating starting pitcher since Kyle Davies. Yes, I turned down free tickets to a game last summer for the sole reason Hochevar was starting that night. No, I don't think the Royals non-tender him. I just don't.)
Finally, we turn to the guys with less than three years service time who are still entirely under club control. This is still a young team, so it's not surprising nearly half of the team falls into this category. Minimum salary for the 2013 season is $490,000. Not everyone under club control will make the minimum. Eric Hosmer, with just under two full years of service time, earned $502,500 last year. Yes, he had a dreadful season, but under baseball economics he will get a modest bump. Maybe around $510,000. Among the young guys, Hosmer is likely going to be the top earner. His agent, his tenure and his upside give him that early earning power. (Yes, I'm aware his agent doesn't really have anything to do with the contract negotiations at this point in Hosmer's career. The Royals will submit a number and if they don't sign, they will just go ahead and automatically renew his deal. However, I'm surmising that a slightly higher offer will be provided as a gesture of good faith. Without pushing the limits of the salary structure in place. David Glass certainly doesn't want to revolutionize salaries for pre-Super Two players.)
With the minimum and maximum pretty well set for this group, I feel comfortable estimating an average of $500,000 for this set of players. However, we can't forget Aaron Crow, who signed a major league deal after the 2009 draft. His contract called for $1.6 million for the 2012 season. When Crow signed, it was a three year, $3 million contract with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Without a solid number to work with here, I'll estimate his 2013 salary at $1.6 again.
With Crow and the minimum wagers, that works to a total of $7.6 million for the kids.
Add everything together and it brings our total, current outlay to $67.25 million. No one from the Royals has come forward and actually presented a budget for 2013, but it's believed to be in the current fiscal neighborhood. That's if the Royals don't add anyone between now and Opening Day.
"The truth of the matter is if we add another pitcher through free agency, which we're still contemplating - still looking and pursuing - there wouldn't be room to add that individual unless we got rid of somebody else."
-- Dayton Moore, KC Star (11/20/12)
"Money talks. Bullshit walks."
-- Bobbi Fleckman
The idea the Royals have to clear payroll to add a player at this point in the offseason is questionable. According to Forbes, in 2011 (the most recent year where data is available) the Royals as a franchise are worth $354 million. The percentage of debt the Royals carry is around 15 percent, which is fairly low. Their revenues in 2011 were $161 million. Attendance was up marginally last year and throw in the windfall from the All-Star Game and you're looking at a nice increase for the just completed 2012 season.
We all know about the profits. Oh, the profits. The Glass family banked over $28 million dollars in 2011. That was built on the back of an insanely low payroll, thanks to the largesse of Gil Meche and a youth movement wholly supported by the fans.
According to the numbers obtained by Forbes, in the Dayton Moore era, the Royals have been operating at an annual profit of around $8 million. (2011 was certainly the outlier, buffeted by that low payroll. At least we hope it was an outlier.) While the cash registers have been ringing, the value of the team has gone from $282 million in 2006 to $354 million in 2011.
In other words, this franchise is in strong fiscal shape.
The idea that the Royals are up against their payroll ceiling for the 2013 season is complete and utter bullshit. It's insulting. It is a slap in the face of a fanbase that has, by and large, remained patient throughout The Process. Those who bought tickets. The ones who purchased merchandise. They attended FanFest. (Remember FanFest?) It is a mockery of an electorate that approved hundreds of millions in stadium renovations. If David Glass pushed his payroll to $80 million for next year, he would still make money. Would he make his normal $8 million? Probably not. But I would wager fielding a competitive team would boost attendance that could help absorb some of the cost. And with the success of other outlets, such as MLB Advanced Media, revenues are in fine shape.
In 2010, the Royals had a record Opening Day payroll of around $75 million. They still made $10 million on the season. They wouldn't - and shouldn't - have a problem with an $80 million payroll. But with an increase in revenue streams, really, a $90 million ceiling feels about right.
Yes, $90 million. The Royals are absolutely built to absorb that kind of payroll.
"Ever get the feeling you've just been cheated?"
-- Johnny Rotten
As Sam Mellinger points out in his "put up or shut up" column on David Glass, the owner has indicated in the past he is willing to operate at a loss if it means putting a competitive team on the field. That doesn't mean he would strip everything bare in a desperate attempt to overhaul the roster. What it means is, he has spoken of a willingness to push the payroll past a set budget if it means acquiring a player (or two) who could move this team on the path to contention in the AL Central. Indicated is the key word here. So far, his words are all we have to go on.
Words. Except this is a man who famously doesn't do interviews. And when he does speak, it's briefly, as he walks away in the middle of a line of questioning that he finds distasteful. Or at a press conference the end result is a pair of media members losing their credentials when tough questions are asked. Or it's in a controlled environment, such as the final television broadcast of another lost season.
He is the invisible man. He has done nothing to build goodwill.
David Glass' word doesn't mean a damn thing in this town.
"You go through The Sporting News for the last 100 years, and you will find two things that are always true. You never have enough pitching, and nobody ever made any money."
-- Don Fehr
There is a new national television contract that kicks in for the 2014 season. Estimates put the additional revenue for teams to be in the neighborhood of $20 million. It's extremely possible that in the coming weeks as the free agent dominoes begin to tumble, that we will see some creative contracts that have a low initial number and then balloon in the second season. (The Jeremy Guthrie deal is a template. Although I question the Royals motives. As I pointed out last week, the $11 million he is due for 2014 isn't a built in escalator for when the TV revenue kicks in. It's a replacement for when Ervin Santana is off the books.)
The Royals can still get creative with a free agent signing. We are entering our third season of The Process at the major league level. We have a fairly good idea about the first wave. We know the strengths and weaknesses. There are gaps to fill. David Glass and Dayton Moore had to have known there were going to be gaps. They had to have known that when the window of opportunity opened, they were going to have to act, separate from the draft and separate from player development. Yes, it stinks that every single pitching prospect has stalled. Yet, there absolutely had to have been a contingency plan in place to supplement The Process. To not would be akin to baseball malpractice. Sadly, it wouldn't be the first time such an act was committed in Kansas City.
"While fans have been asked for their patience through "the process" and have been told success is coming, teams in similar situations not long ago, such as the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates have, in the same timeframe, begun to win and stay competitive. Suffice it to say, Royals fans have grown more weary, jaded and frustrated with each passing season despite a promising young crop of players."
--2013 Kansas City Royals Situational Brief
The quote above comes from a brief the Royals provided to advertising agencies to provide them insight into how to pitch for the team's business following the failure of the "Our Time" campaign. You may think the team doesn't know our frustration. Believe me, they know. They know we as fans are at the end of our collective rope. The time for promises is over.
Personally, I have waffled back and forth on the "David Glass as a villain" meme. Yes, it appears he has been a model owner since the arrival of Dayton Moore. He has allowed the team to rebuild a scouting department. He has approved increased budgets for the draft. He has committed to supporting player development. These things are all good. But they are only part of the picture. Besides, the new collective bargaining agreement effectively caps his draft spending. A limit such as this - where the Royals were free spenders in the past - only serves to underscore that this team should be shifting more funds to payroll at this point of The Process.
So now it's time to draw that line in the sand. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, "Mr. Glass, open up that checkbook."
The first wave of The Process has taken us as far as we can go. That seems to be about 78 wins. If we're lucky. But in the AL Central, that number is actually OK. That puts us to the edge of competitiveness. We need that extra push to move us over the edge and into the arena.
I've written before about how the Royals' window of opportunity is open. It doesn't feel like it, but with the service clocks ticking on Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer while Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are signed to club-friendly deals, the nucleus is in place. The Royals can't afford to stand around and wait (and hope) for their pitching to develop. Now is the time for David Glass to spend the money to position this team as a competitor. Failure to do so cheats a fanbase. It cheats taxpayers who funded their renovations. It cheats the players who have committed to the Royals because they believe in The Process.
The gap between my estimated ceiling of $90 million and the Royals projected Opening Day payroll is massive. Prince Fielder huge. If, for the 2013 season, the Royals don't significantly open up the payroll, not only is it a missed opportunity, it's a sign that David Glass just doesn't give a damn about this team.
This team has money to spend. If David Glass or Dayton Moore says otherwise, they're lying.
The funny thing is, the money has always been there. Really. Except for the last couple of years, it made sense to keep the payroll limited. Young players and all that. Now, it makes sense to spend. Besides, there's just something unseemly about an organization struggling to compete while the owner puts a wad of cash in his pocket and other teams in similar situations find ways to win games. It's just dirty.
The next couple of months will tell us everything we need to know about David Glass and how he views his stewardship of the Kansas City Royals. The Process was the beginning. Glass bought into that. Now, he needs to show he has the fiscal stomach to see it to it's conclusion.
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not optimistic.
Yesterday evening, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd and part owner Dick Monfort were on the Dave Logan Show on 850 KOA for an extended period of time. The interview was at once very interesting and completely unsurprising. You can listen to it in full here. If you don't feel like listening to the whole thing, it really gets interesting at about the 24 minute mark.
Purple Row community member Chris Chrisman live tweeted the event -- and here's the money quote:
O’Dowd: We get in the real world that people get fired. We don’t operate like that. We look for people to self-evaluate and grow.— Chris Chrisman (@chrischrisman) November 28, 2012
The quote, which appears at 25:20, says just about everything you need to know about the way the Rockies organization is run. Colorado values the draft and develop process...and they think that they've got the right people in place for that process. In fact, O'Dowd went so far as to call the scouting and player development department one of the best in baseball, bringing up the success of the 2007 team (18 out of 25 homegrown) and the potential of the last two drafts.
In those respects, he's not exactly wrong -- Colorado has had a number of lower-rated prospects perform at the big league level (think Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta) and the Latin American pipeline has provided the Rockies with many of their successful arms (e.g. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin). It's just that in the aggregate the organization as a whole hasn't been extremely successful in its history -- never winning the NL West for example -- and nobody ever seems to be accountable for this lack of overall success.
Often the problem with sticking to a draft and develop process like the Rockies have is that the organization will hew to that process at the expense of potential value. For instance, Colorado values its prospects and young players that it has developed to such a degree that they rarely (read: never) trade highly rated prospects for major league help before the prospects do make the big leagues. This reluctance to trade homegrown players often extends far beyond the point of their usefulness (Hawpe and Garrett Atkins come to mind), though Ubaldo (much as I'm loath to admit it given my feelings at the time of the trade) was let go at the right time.
Also revealed in the interview was that the Rockies' scouting department was all set to draft Evan Longoria in 2006 but the Monforts overruled them because Colorado had too many third baseman. Ack! Monfort also brought up the fact that very few players that are drafted work out -- but he didn't explain why Colorado taking a college reliever in Casey Weathers with the 8th pick of the 2007 draft was the Rockies' best bet to beat the odds.
I have diagnosed the struggles of the Rockies -- they are stricken by the Lake Wobegon Effect. For the uninitiated, Lake Wobegon is a place popularized by the radio program "The Prairie Home Companion" where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average". In other words, everyone in the Colorado organization is doing a great job, despite evidence to the contrary compared to the other 29 teams in MLB. It's why nobody gets fired and new positions continually get created for those who have paid their dues in the organization.
It's a common personality bias -- thinking you are a better driver/communicator/cook than you really are. The Rockies are loyal to their people because they've seen the little successes produced by those people while failing to see the overall lack of progress (and in the case of pitching, regression) overseen by these same people. They are predisposed to think that their organization is above average at these things, so why would they fire above average employees?
As an example of this mindset, both Monfort and O'Dowd brought up their competitiveness as market differentiators -- competitiveness is to baseball front offices as customer service is to most companies. Most businesses think that their customer service sets them apart from their competitors, when in reality their performance as a whole follows a normal distribution. Some are great, some are terrible, but most are pretty average. This applies to baseball teams -- most every organization is good at drafting/developing baseball players, but some are worse and some are better. Colorado's predisposition is to think they are one of the best at this. After all, the front office looked at the 64-98 2012 team and saw a good young team that had some bad breaks.
It may be time for Colorado to realize that a draft/develop philosophy should be augmented by talent from other organizations, who are also good at drafting/developing talent. It might also be time to look outside the organization for an independent audit of the Rockies' entire system from someone with a little broader perspective.
Wendy Thurm at Fangraphs has details on every team's TV deals. Per Thurm, Colorado's contract with ROOT is up after 2014, meaning that a lucrative new contract is on the horizon. It also means that Colorado will have quite a bit of new revenue coming in the near future. Hopefully it will be spent, and spent wisely.
Thomas Harding writes that the Rockies will try to upgrade their pitching this off-season, though Bill Geivett seems to think the best avenue for 2013 improvement from the pitching staff is through better performance from the guys the team already has -- something I agree with wholeheartedly. The idea of acquiring a new pitcher is that it will reduce the variability (presumably in a positive manner) of performance -- we saw how that worked out with Jeremy Guthrie, but I'm open to the Rockies trying again.
If you missed the Dick and Dan show last night, they'll be on 104.3 FM today at 1 PM.
The Miami Marlins are trying to settle down any potential talk of a trade of star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the team. It is only common sense that the team wants to quash any rumors that the Marlins' best player may be on the way out, and it is very likely that the team cannot even trade him fairly anyway. In fact, president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest wants to build around Stanton by adding more power to the team.
The Marlins' No. 1 priority now appears to be to find a hitter to protect Stanton in their re-done lineup, whether that new soothes Stanton or not. Right now, the just-acquired Yunel Escobar looks like their starting third baseman and No. 5 hitter, the man who will hit right behind Stanton. And the longtime shortstop Escobar seems more out of place in the lineup than he does at third.
"We went someone to hit behind him, someone to offer more power," Beinfest said. "Giancarlo represents the power on our team."
It is all fine and dandy to say that the Marlins are looking for power to add to their team, but the problem, as always, is the execution of the plan. The Miami Marlins may want to add power to a team that is clearly lacking in that department, but how will they do this at a time in which the free agent market is at its weakest in years and the organization is at its lowest point, both in buying power and credibility?
Lack of Available Options
The Miami Marlins are looking for a power hitter to slot behind Giancarlo Stanton, but the options that are available to them just are not all that attractive. Considering where the Marlins are in terms of buying and negotiating power, it seems clear that they are not in a position to add a major free agent like Josh Hamilton to a long-term deal. Their options in the free agent market are much closer to names like James Loney and Ryan Raburn rather than halfway decent options like Adam LaRoche or Kevin Youkilis.
On a short-term, cheap deal, who could the Marlins even pick up from one of the weakest free agent pools in recent memory? The list of names is not impressive:
Mark Reynolds: Reynolds has the most power out of all the players likely available in free agency, and he is the one who has the best chance of returning to being a decent player. But Reynolds has always been a flawed player, and his drop in power (.208 ISO in 2012 after a career .240 mark) makes him a riskier bet given his poor defense and very true outcomes-dependent hitting. He can fake a mediocre third base, but his best position is at first base, and the Marlins would likely be decreasing the ability of the team's infield defense by adding him to either corner. In addition, a move to spacious Marlins Park after spending his career mostly in Chase Field and Camden Yards seems like a step in the wrong, or at least more difficult, direction.
Carlos Pena: Pena has been wandering around for the past two years on one-year deals, and deservedly so after two poor seasons in three years. He is old at 34 years of age and offers very little other than walks and power, but at least he still has the power component. Even in the worst season since he joined the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007, he still hit 19 home runs in 600 PA. If the Marlins just wanted power without a strong regard to the remainder of a player's skillset, Pena is also available.
Brandon Inge: Inge is an awful hitter at this stage of his career, but like Pena, he has two skills that he can leverage, and one of them is power. He hit 12 home runs in 331 PA split between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, and while he is atrocious at every other aspect at the plate, he can still pick it in the field at third base. Inge was the 12th-highest rated third baseman in the Fans Scouting Report this season, and he put up good numbers via the advanced defensive stats this season. If the Marlins move Yunel Escobar, they could insert Inge and likely get a defensive improvement.
Ryan Raburn: Raburn had a terrible year last season (.171/.226/.254, .216 wOBA), leading to his release from the Tigers. He would be an interesting bounce back candidate, especially since he has shown himself to be at least a passable hitter over the course of his career (.256/.311/.430, .322 wOBA). Raburn has averaged 19 home runs per 600 PA in his career and holds a .174 career ISO, and he can also play the infield and outfield. However, he is also a poor infielder at any position and has some pretty clear problems with plate discipline (career 24.2 percent strikeout rate and 6.6 percent walk rate).
Those are just a few examples of the sorts of players who have decent power and are at the Marlins' price range for 2013, as evidenced by their paltry signing of Juan Pierre. As you can see, none of them are long-term solutions nor are they particularly attractive options.
As for the trade market, the Marlins would look silly approaching a team with a deal for a player like Justin Upton when they just decided to shed salary over the long-term. With power at a premium nowadays, teams are likely to have to pay plenty to get it, and the Marlins just stocked up on their farm system for the distinct purpose of helping to build a future contender. Trying to acquire a shorter-term asset like Upton with the newfound depth in the farm would run counter to that point, though this would at least be a better idea than signing a stopgap for this season.
The other issue, though more minor than the one listed above, is that the Marlins already seem to have their positions filled. The organization technically has all of its holes filled for 2013, albeit with significantly worse options than they had in 2012. The club's poor performances at first base are expected to be filled by a returning Logan Morrison. Third base is now occupied by Yunel Escobar. The new holes the Marlins opened up have been filled by acquired players like Pierre and Adeiny Hechavarria.
Of the players slotted into the current starting lineup projection, only Escobar has a significant risk of not returning. If the Marlins trade him, there is a chance the team will either look to acquire a power-hitting prospect for third base in return or open up salary for the team to pursue a player like Mark Reynolds. There is a possibility the Marlins could do the same by trading Logan Morrison, but this is likely less of an improvement of the team's assets given Morrison's cheap status.
But would trading either of these players to acquire a stopgap option really be a smart idea? After all, 2013 is a waste one way or another, and both Escobar and Morrison have a lot more potential for success in future seasons than Reynolds. Why give up on that talent now for the sake of power in 2013 or 2014? Would it not be much smarter simply to allow for the potential development of the still-young Morrison to help in that department?
Finally, it is very obvious that the Marlins have lost credibility with free agents after their mega-trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, and that should also remain a problem for this team. Even if the club wanted to pursue a better name like Hamilton or Youkilis, free agents would not want to tie themselves down to Miami only to see them moved quickly as soon as the slightest hint of struggles was present. Furthermore, higher-end free agents can clearly see that the current situation with the Marlins seems untenable to winning in the near future and likely is not going to change with one signing. Even if their offseason moves all pan out, this club will not be competitive for at least two more seasons.
So the Marlins can, as always, claim that they have an interest in acquiring a certain type of player. But the team has handcuffed itself in its ability to make that acquisition. Trade the minor league depth they just manufactured in the Toronto trade and the move seems to go opposite of their current direction. Look to sign a free agent and face the consequences of ignored pleas and one of the weakest classes in recent memory. The availability of power hitters is too light this season, and the Marlins may be better off just sticking to the poor mass they have synthesized for next year at this point.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract on Wednesday, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation.
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- Tom Koehler, picher for the Marlins, is having a hard time running a charity. In fact, he wonders if the Marlins recent moves have led to the fans not wanting to do anything with the team. Including charities.
- The Miami Marlins cannot get out of the adolescent phase writes the Miami Herald. It has taken so long to not only build up the franchise, but to try to win the fans trust. And that just has happened.
- Read more from Mr. Frisaro this week as he describes a new philosophy driving the Marlins this offseason. One thing is for sure. We no longer will complain about how the minor leagues for the Fish is depleted.
Around The League
- Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies has been suspended 25 games for using an illegal substance. Apparently Ruiz has ADHD, and did not have the proper clearance to use the drug Adderall. The Phillies got a real good year out of the 33 year old catcher last season.
- The Angels and Ryan Madson are nearing a one-year deal. He sat out last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The deal is only for one year. And it has been reported that Madson automatically steps in as the closer.
- Grant Brisbee gives us possible Anibal Sanchez suitors as free agency is picking up this week. The Tigers and the Orioles appear to be the best spots for the 28 year old right hander. Any chance the Marlins will step in? Just kidding.
At Fish Stripes
- Mr. Jong this week tells us why the Marlins cannot trade Giancarlo Stanton this offseason. There are a few reasons actually. But I will add this. He will probably be traded by the next offseason.
- Is it me? Or is Jeff Loria sort of a creep? He reminds me of the mob boss that sends his guys to do the dirty work. While he stays back and watches. Check out what most of Miami thinks of the Marlins owner. Read more here.
- Mr. Weston tells us more about new Marlins prospect Jake Marisnick, including how this could be the next five-tool player in the outfield for the Fish. Read more here.