Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Mike Stanton is now going by Giancarlo Stanton. Fine by us. Giancarlo is a much more melodic name to scream out in the throes of a
Ozzie Guillen has said repeatedly not to expect defensive wizardry from the former shortstop but never fails to add that Ramirez should at least be adequate. ... I think the bigger question mark is his bat.No arguments here. Ramirez was not exactly Gold Glove-caliber at shortstop (his career UZR per 150 games is -10.2 - meaning his defense is well below average). Moving to third base will require him to cover less ground, and he should see fewer balls hit his way, and thus have fewer chances to screw up.
It's possible the attention he must now devote to learning his new position will remove some of the pressure off him at the plate.Let's just get this out of the way: If Ramirez hits .300 coming off last year's abominable .243 performance, it will have almost nothing to do with a move to third base. We hate to keep bringing this up, but Ramirez struggled in 2011 mostly due to bad luck. His strikeout rate (17.1%) was a point above his career average, and his walk rate (11.4%) was almost 2 points higher than normal, so the problem was not plate discipline (indeed he swung at the same percentage of pitches inside and outside the strike zone as he has during his career).
If you thought the Marlins free spending ways would mean their penny-pinching habits of the past would die out, think again.
The club's handling of guys with less than three years of service time is perturbing both their players and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association alike, according to a report on Fox Sports. Per the new collective bargaining agreement, the major league minimum salary is increasing from $414,000 to $480,000. The Marlins aren't required to pay their 0-3 players a dime more, but here’s the issue: Someone like Gaby Sanchez with more than two years of service time might be making the same salary as the considerably less accomplished Jose Ceda, who has logged 96 days.This is both mind-bogglingly stupid and pretty hilarious. A team that re-signed a middling reliever who is languishing in the Domincan Republic with visa/identity issues to a $6 million deal doesn't want to give a few young players a raise of only tens of thousands of dollars. It is disturbing and pathetic, but really not all that surprising that the team wouldn't operate in good faith with guys like Gaby Sanchez, who was an All-Star and posted a 2.9 WAR last year. It's a wonder anyone would ever want to play here.
Most teams have a pay scale for their non arbitration-eligible players. They give raises from one year to the next based on everything from awards won (Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger, Player of the Week, Rookie of the Month, etc.) to service time accumulated. The Marlins are widely considered to have one of, if not the worst, scales out there.
Ah, Spring Training, when the mere fact that Hanley Ramirez is taking grounders at third qualifies as news...
"When you grow up with players like that who have so much fun and love the game the way he did," Guillen said, "I'm not going to say he was the biggest reason I have fun in the game, but he's got something to do with it.'"Click through for the full story, including the time Lee went AWOL from the team for a week or so to live in the Amazon with an indigenous tribe. Great reporting by Joe Capozzi of the PBP.
Josh Johnson spoke with the media this week (see below), saying he is now up to throwing three days a week with no ill effects on the right shoulder that sidelined him for much of last season. This is obviously great news, since we all know how quickly the Marlins unraveled when they had to start one of a handful of quad-A types in Johnson's place after his injury.
|JJ drinks with his left arm so he doesn't strain his pitching shoulder.|
The Cuban defector has spurned the Miami Marlins in favor of the Oakland Athletics, signing a 4-year deal worth $36 million.So much for a LoMo-Cespedes-Sr. #MONSTERDONG outfield troika. Cespedes' agent was reportedly asking for either a 4- or 10-year deal, as opposed to the 5-6-year deals other teams were offered. This makes a lot of sense. A 4-year deal allows Cespedes to become a free agent at age 30, when he is much more marketable to MLB teams than he would be at 32.
As mentioned before, we at Marlins Diehards believe this site should reflect the status of the actual Marlins franchise. Because three months have elapsed since the unveiling of the garish new logos and uniforms (they haven't been redone, much to the displeasure of whoever created www.marlinslogosucks.com), we figured we better get with the times.
For the extraordinary site banner, we owe all graphic design credit to the inimitable @adamsmoot. We paid a great fee for his services* and recommend him if you need any, and I mean any, graphic design work.
Marlins pitchers and catchers report in nine days!!!
*Two beers, we still owe him
|Judging from his wardrobe, we think Cespedes will fit in here just fine.|
According to an American League source from a club that's been monitoring his free agency, the Marlins likely will be his future employer.Seriously, why wouldn't a Cuban defector want to play for a team in Miami that is on the upswing and willing to pay a high price for his services? At this point, I'd be more surprised if he signed with anyone but the Marlins...
New Marlins SS Jose Reyes had to cut off his dreadlocks to comply with the team's (dumb) personal grooming rule (Related: he, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle all got Brazilian waxes last week as per a lesser-known provision in the same rule). Because no piece of baseball ephemera can't be auctioned off, the remnants of his dreads are being auctioned off on eBay by the Make a Wish Foundation.
Anibal Sanchez got his arbitration hearing Monday, and he won big. The arbiter ruled in favor of Sanchez, awarding him with the $8 million he was demanding (the Marlins had offered $6.9 million). It is the largest award ever given to a pitcher in arbitration. Sanchez will be a free agent after the 2012 season, meaning unless he lays an egg this year, he could demand upwards of $10 million a year for his next contract.
|No word on whether Anibal was carried out of court after the arbitration ruling|