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The Miami Marlins are gearing up for a busy and aggressive offseason, as they hope to christen their new stadium with a revamped team. Follow along with this Stream for new rumors and updates.

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Carlos Zambrano 'On Verge' Of Being Acquired By Miami Marlins, According To Report

The Miami Marlins are close to acquiring pitcher Carlos Zambrano from the Chicago Cubs, according to a report.

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Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins Agree To Six-Year, $106M Deal Pending Physical, According To Report

Free agent short stop Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal pending a physical, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal.

Sources: #Marlins, Reyes in agreement on six-year, $106M deal, pending physical. #MLB
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The free agent short stop spent the first nine seasons of his career on the New York Mets, originally signing as an amateur free agent in 1999. The 28-year old shortstop the first big splash the new look Miami Marlins have made so far since offering up a deal to Albert Pujols. With the reported addition of Reyes to the infield, it's expected that current Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez will move to third base. Ramirez has expressed reluctance to do so in the past, but the addition of Reyes to the left side of the infield should make it rather formidable.

For his career, Reyes is a .292 hitter and coming off a career best .337 average in 2011. Last season, Reyes had 44 RBI and 39 stolen bases on the season.

To join in the conversation about the Marlins’ offseason, head on over to SB Nation’s blog on the Marlins, Fish Stripes.

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Miami Marlins Offer Jose Reyes 6 Year, $111 Million Offer; Become Instant Front-Runners

It appears that those rumors from Friday about the Miami Marlins getting “impatient” with the free agency process were spot on. According to Enrique Rojas from ESPN, the Marlins have just offered Reyes a 6 year, $111 million deal.

If this rumor is correct — and it has now been backed up by Jon Heyman from Sports Illustrated and others — then the Marlins are making a dramatic push to sign Reyes before the Winter Meetings get into swing. Normally more teams enter the bidding for top free agents during the Meetings, so it’s possible the Marlins want to get Reyes locked up now to ensure that they don’t lose him to another bidder.

However, it doesn’t appear that there are any teams out there interested in guaranteeing anywhere near that much money on Reyes. The Mets were the primary other team in the bidding, but they are not willing to go any higher than just above $100 million over six years. There were no other teams in the bidding, although it had been rumored that the Tigers could get involved late.

Congratulations Marlins, you may have just bought yourself a new shortstop. Reyes is a risky player to give a guaranteed contract this large, but hey, it certainly is a flashy move. And it will likely result in a couple more butts in the seats next season.

To join in the conversation about the Marlins’ offseason, head on over to SB Nation’s blog on the Marlins, Fish Stripes.

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Marlins Hot Stove: Free Agent Pitcher Heath Bell Signs 3-Year Contract With Marlins

Jayson Stark of ESPN has broken the first major signing for the new Miami Marlins franchise. It appears the Marlins have come to terms with free agent relief ace Heath Bell:

#Marlins agree to 3-year $27M deal w Heath Bell, pending physical. Expected to take physical tomorrow. More to come at http://t.co/o5eb6fmG 9 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto


The deal, which is worth an average of $9M per year and has an option for a fourth year, should give the Marlins one of the most dominant closers in the game. In the 2011 season, Bell pitched 62 and 2/3 innings with the San Diego Padres, earning 43 saves, 31 shutdowns, and just 8 meltdowns.

Last year, the Marlins employed Leo Nunez, now (or always, in a way) Juan Oviedo, as their closer. In his 64+ innings as the 9th inning man, he managed 36 saves with a below average 4.06 ERA and 3.96 FIP.

Interestingly, Nunez had the same number of meltdowns as Bell while also managing two more shutdowns.

For more on the Marlins, check out SB Nation's blog on the Marlins, Fish Stripes.

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Miami Marlins Met With Heath Bell, Appear Aggressive

The rumors surrounding the Miami Marlins have cooled down over the past couple weeks, but that doesn't mean that the Marlins are any less serious about acquiring star talent than they were a few weeks ago. They have still been linked to Jose Reyes, Albert Pujols, Mark Buehrle, and C.J. Wilson, and nearly every free agent that has met with the team has come away impressed. They're rolling out the red carpet for free agents, and from the looks of it, they intend to make a splash.

It looks like it's time to add another name to that list. Late last night, Jon Heyman tweeted that the Marlins had met with closer Heath Bell, and that report was confirmed this morning by Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:

Confirmed what @SI_JonHeyman tweeted earlier -- #marlins met with heath bell. team seems very aggressive. this is no publicity stunt.

Heath Bell is one of the top relief pitchers still available on the market, and he'd provide the Marlins with a "proven closer" to replace Leo Nunez (who may or may not be able to return to the US due to immigration issues). Bell saved 43 games last season while posting a 2.44 ERA, although his peripheral statistics where slightly down from previous years. His strikeout rate dropped from 30% to around 20%, and his 3.23 FIP was his highest since 2008.

Bell will be 34 years old next season and he's had injury issues in the past, so there are concerns about how well he will age. He seems to want more than the two-year deal the Padres have offered him, so it may not be wise for the Marlins to invest some of their limited financial flexibility into an old closer. After all, they did have one of the strongest bullpens in the majors last season (3.44 ERA, 7th best in majors), so that area isn't necessarily a weak spot on the team.

For more on the Marlins, check out SB Nation's blog on the Marlins, Fish Stripes.

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Miami Marlins Rumors: Marlins Pursuing Pitcher Gio Gonzalez

According to MLB.com, the Miami Marlins appear to be in the works for acquiring lefty Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics:

The source says three different players have been discussed as potential pieces for the deal. All three players played significant time with the Marlins last season. It is unlikely that all three would be involved in the deal.

The Marlins have been particularly vocal this offseason as they attempt to revamp their franchise for the 2012 MLB season. They have already extended offers to top free agents, including Albert Pujols (link), Jose Reyes (link), and Mark Buehrle (link).

Gio Gonzalez had a career year with the Marlins in 2011, pitching 202 innings of 3.12 ERA and 3.64 FIP ball, his second straight 200 IP, sub-3.50 ERA season. Gonzalez will only be 26 in the 2012 season and would likely cost the Marlins a hefty price in prospect because he will not become a free agent until 2016.

Writer tedhill of Fish Stripes suggests the Athletics precarious stadium situation guarantees they will not have any interest in veteran Marlins on the roster:

If the Fish want to acquire Gonzalez (and I would not be averse to this, since Gonzalez is very affordable and quite good), the team will have to pony up good talent in return. One of the chips would undoubtedly have to be Logan Morrison, as the A's would not be interested in an older player like Gaby Sanchez.

For more commentary and analysis on the Miami Marlins, check out Fish Stripes. Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay for more updates and breaking news concerning Miami Marlins trade rumors.

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The Miami Marlins And Albert Pujols: Would He Be Enough?

The Miami Marlins have recently been linked to Albert Pujols in a number of rumors. But how much of a boost would the Marlins see in their win total and attendance if they actually signed him?

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Marlins Low Ball Albert Pujols, Offer Him Less Than $200 Million

When it came out this morning that the Miami Marlins had offered Albert Pujols a nine year contract, most people jumped on the rumor as an indication that the Marlins were serious about acquiring Pujols. Reports came out indicating that the Marlins had offered Pujols $225 million — considerably more than the Cardinals had offered at the beginning of last season — but it turns out those reports were false. Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald has set the record straight, noting that the Marlins offered Pujols a nine-year contract worth less than $200 million.

So how did the $225 million rumor originate? When Tim Brown from Yahoo! Sports broke the story this morning that the Marlins had offered Pujols a nine year deal, he got a little liberal with the details:

Their standing offer to Albert Pujols is believed to be for nine years. With a competitive average annual value (say $25 million), that’s $225 million, minimum, and that’s more than what the St. Louis Cardinals are believed to have offered in the spring.

As I mentioned at the time, that part about the money involved sounded like pure speculation on his part. It was entirely possible that the Marlins had offered a deal for less than the Cardinals had offered; we simply had no way of knowing at the time.

Late this afternoon, Jon Heyman tweeted that most GMs are skeptical that the Marlins will actually land Pujols, and this rumor would seem to confirm that. The Cardinals will surely be willing to go over $200 million to sign Pujols, so although the Marlins could still increase their offer, this raises suspicions all over again. How serious are the Marlins about making a run at these big name free agents? Are they in it for the publicity or the players?

Most likely, the answer is a little bit of both.

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Miami Marlins: New Uniforms, New Logo — New Hope?

Should the Marlins go crazy with the free agent market this year? It depends on what their ultimate goal is -- and what price they are willing to pay.

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