Fernandez had a dominant season.
Sporting News named Jose Fernandez its National League Comeback Player of the Year, the outlet announced Tuesday.
One-hundred and seventy seven National League players selected Fernandez, and the surveys were conducted before Fernandez passed away, according to Sporting News.
Fernandez was expected to anchor the Marlins’ pitching staff in 2016, and he did just that. Over 182.1 innings this season, he pitched to a 2.86 ERA and 2.30 FIP.
For much of the season, Fernandez was discussed in the context of the National League Cy Young Award race.
While Sporting News recognized Fernandez for his performance this season, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested Major League Baseball create an award in Fernandez’s honor.
Rosenthal wrote the league can consider a Spirit Award winner for each team, given to the player on each team who displays the most love of the game.
It’s nice that Fernandez continues to get recognized, and it might not be the last time it happens this off-season.
A couple of former Marlins could make a big impact in this year’s Fall Classic.
The 2016 Major League Baseball World Series will feature the Chicago Cubs, who have dominated baseball since Opening Day, and the Cleveland Indians, who have not let multiple injuries to key players stop them from easily storming through the American League playoffs.
It should be a great matchup between the two teams, but the interesting part for the Marlins and their fans will be watching two former Marlins, left-handed reliever Andrew Miller for the Indians and outfielder Chris Coghlan for the Cubs, battle it out.
Andrew Miller has been arguably the most dominant player in the entire 2016 postseason. In 11 2⁄3 innings during the first two rounds of the playoffs, Miller has allowed zero runs on only five hits, while striking out 21 batters and walking only two. Although he may have the filthy stuff of a closer, Miller has been so valuable to the Indians because of how manager Terry Francona has used him. He has been stretched out for multiple innings and has been brought in to face the toughest batters in the most important situations, whether that is in the fifth or the ninth or anywhere in between.
The Marlins, on the other hand, had Miller in his early days when he wasn’t so dominant. Miller came to Miami in December of 2007 in the infamous trade with the Tigers that sent future MVP Miguel Cabrera and ace Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for six prospects, one of which was the young left hander. Miller spent three seasons with the team in which the Marlins used him mostly as a starter. He made 58 appearances for Florida, with 41 of those being starts, and pitched to a 5.89 ERA with a brutal 1.73 WHIP and .285 batting average against. His abysmal 1.41 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his time with the Marlins really told the whole story.
Because of Miller’s many struggles, the Marlins decided to move on from the lefty, and traded him to the Red Sox in December of 2010 for left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson. Miller became a reliever and ended up working out well for Boston, Baltimore, New York and then Cleveland, and has still not allowed an earned run in 20 playoff innings entering the 2016 World Series.
Chris Coghlan has obviously not had as much success as Miller this postseason, but he still contributed to the Cubs World Series run during the regular season. Coghlan has made only five trips to the plate this postseason, recording just one walk and zero hits, but he did have a nice regular season with the Cubs after being traded to Chicago from Oakland in June. Coghlan slashed .252/.391/.388 in 128 plate appearances with the Cubs and had a wRC+ of 113. He also gives Joe Maddon another player who can play almost anywhere in the field and even had an Ultimate Zone Rating of 4.8 with Chicago, which is a stat that roughly shows how many runs a player saves his team on defense.
Coghlan has had success with other teams, but he had some of his best seasons with the Marlins. The Marlins drafted him in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft and he made his MLB debut in 2009. That year he batted .321 with an OPS of .850, putting up many numbers that are still his career highs on his way to the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Coghlan was with Miami all the way through the 2013 season, but never came close to his rookie numbers, and the Marlins decided to not re-sign him when his contract was up after the 2013.
So, look out for Andrew Miller and Chris Coghlan to make an impact in this year’s World Series, and try not to think too much about what could have been.
If Wei-Yin Chen cannot regain the form which prompted Miami to sign the left-hander, the team will find it difficult to move up the standings next season.
Wei-Yin Chen became the most expensive pitcher in Marlins history last winter when he signed on the dotted line for $80 million guaranteed over five years. However, the Marlins did not get what they hoped they were paying for last season.
A slow start and injuries led to the lefty posting a 4.96 ERA over 123.1 innings in 2016, and that will not carry this team to the playoffs next year, especially since he is arguably the team’s ace at this moment in time.
Historically, Wei-Yin Chen had been stung by the long ball, but that was predicted to change once he started to pitch in the spacious Marlins Park on a regular basis. However, Chen gave up home runs to opposing batters at a career-high rate this past season, and was only the fourth-best starting pitcher on the team behind Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, and Tom Koehler.
Therefore, the pressure is now on Chen to pick his game up and produce at least career-average numbers to lead this rotation by example, especially considering that his poor season may have an adverse impact on how aggressively the Marlins target pitchers, and free agents in general, this off-season.
If Chen cannot bounce-back in 2017, then the rest of the rotation and more so the bullpen will be put under significant strain. The Marlins are in the difficult situation of being in desperate need of two dependable starters, starters who have already established themselves in the big leagues, in order to field an effective rotation. That is presuming that Chen can, in fact, be effective next season. If he cannot, then this team could be doomed before the first pitch is even thrown.
Wei-Yin Chen had some success after returning from injury towards the end of the regular season, so fitness should not be an issue entering Spring Training. That will be important as the veteran will need to hit the ground running and show that he can fulfill the role of leader as soon as possible.
After giving up five runs on Opening Day, Wei-Yen Chen never could get into a consistent, winning rhythm in 2016. He has the chance, though, to turn the page and prove that he is worth what he is being paid. He has big shoes to fill at the top of Miami’s rotation, but out of every pitcher on the current Marlins roster, he has the best tools to succeed.
2016-10-25T08:00:06-04:00Numerous Marlins bench players and bullpen arms are set to hit the free agent market this winter, but who will Miami try to keep? Plus links on Adeiny Hechavarria and Wei-Yin Chen. Marlins News Andrew Cashner. Mike Dunn. Fernando Rodney. Those are just some of the names who could be set to leave the club via free agency before Spring Training comes around, and Miami should entertain luring some of them back before it is too late. Jose Fernandez loved baseball; he knew the sport inside and out. He also knew that the Cubs would play the Indians in the World Series. A lot of Miami’s hopes in 2017 will be resting on Wei-Yin Chen recapturing his form from his days with Baltimore, as another season of posting an ERA of five won’t get this franchise to the playoffs. Chicago and Cleveland have had their share of playoff woes over the past century, and some of that, as you probably know, is owed to the Marlins. The results are in, and Adeiny Hechavarria was the worst hitter in baseball, again. A collection of links regarding a letter from Jose Fernandez’s family and ESPN’s Ultimate Standings can be found here. Around the League Francisco Lindor of the Indians and Javier Baez of the Cubs have a connection beyond the upcoming World Series matchup, and the fact that they were consecutive picks in the 2011 draft. The Indians are demons on the basepaths, and Cubs starter Jon Lester is not exactly a master of preventing stolen bases. Cleveland could very well run away with game one. Kyle Schwarber is travelling to Cleveland and could play DH for the Cubs. He has not played since he suffered a knee injury in only the third game of the season. Jonathan Lucroy could have been traded to the Indians before the deadline, but he blocked the move using his no-trade clause. He does not regret it. Cleveland’s rotation is flux heading into the World Series, but they are hoping that both Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar return from injury in time to make an impact on the biggest stage. Computer simulations have predicted the winner of the World Series, and it appears as though the Chicago’s bandwagon has only gained momentum. [...]
Miami might only feature two analysts next season.
Miami’s front office executives will meet next month to determine whether to keep all four of its analysts or only use two, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
The Marlins haven’t decided whether to stick with four TV analysts again next season or settle on one or two. There will be discussions next month.
The Marlins made the decision to part ways with longtime color analyst Tommy Hutton last winter, and as a result, Miami used several different personalities alongside play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz.
Though the use of more than two analysts results in some variation of inconsistencies, each adds a distinct perspective. Al Leiter, Preston Wilson and Eduardo Perez all appeared on FOX Sports Florida this season.
Leiter continued calling Yankees games but added insight when he was alongside Waltz. It might be easiest for the Marlins to have only two analysts given the fact Leiter has other responsibilities.
Wilson and Perez both add valuable insight with different approaches. Perez, who also works with ESPN, is more analytical, while Wilson adopts a more conversational style while evaluating situations and decisions.
Marlins broadcasts might not be the same without Hutton, but perspectives might be limited if the club switches to two analysts next season.
2016-10-24T13:00:03-04:00A look at the bad side of Marlins trade history. In 23 years of Marlins baseball, we have seen highs and lows: World Series championships, and painful fire sales. The Marlins have a brief but rich history and have impressively won two World Series in their first 20 seasons as an expansion team, but perhaps the most scrutinized part of Marlins' past is their trade history. With that in mind, here is a look back at the Marlins five worst trades since 1993. 5. July 11, 2003 Adrian Gonzalez and two minor league players to the Rangers for Ugueth Urbina As the Marlins were making a run at the postseason in 2003, they became desperate for a closer. The Marlins found their man in Ugueth Urbina, sending three minor leaguers to the Rangers in order to acquire him. The most notable of these was one Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez was coming off of a broken hand and some within the Marlins organization thought that he would never be able to fully recover. It’s safe to say that Adrian Gonzalez proved them wrong. Gonzalez would only go on to play parts of two seasons in Texas but through 13 seasons in the major leagues, Gonzalez is a .290 career hitter with over 300 home runs, five all-star appearances and four gold gloves. As for Urbina, he would play an integral role in the Marlins World Series run; if he hadn’t, this trade would probably be higher up on the list. Nonetheless, Urbina was only a rental and hit free agency following the 2003 season. Urbina saw his major league career end in 2005 at the age of 31, when he was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder, but that story is for another time. While Urbina served his sentence in federal prison, Adrian Gonzalez continued to put up impressive numbers for the Padres, Red Sox and Dodgers. 4. November 25, 2003: Derek Lee to the Cubs for Hee-Seop Choi and Mike Nannini Following the Marlins 2003 World Series victory, their payroll was set to make a major jump from $54 million to the $85 million. The Marlins were forced to part with a couple position players in order to keep their pitching rotation in tact and Derek Lee was one of the casualties. Prior to the Marlins trade with the Cubs, Lee was coming off of a stellar season in which he hit .271 with 31 home runs and 91 RBI, while winning a gold glove at first base. In return for the 27 year-old Derek Lee, the Marlins received first baseman Hee-Seop Choi and a minor leaguer, Mike Nannini. Choi was not a total disaster for the Fish; in fact, he played rather well before being traded to the Dodgers in a package for Juan Encarnacion and Paul Lo Duca, hitting 15 home runs in just 95 games. Despite his decent play, the Marlins trade of Hee-Seop Choi was evidence that the team did not see him as the long term answer at first base. The Cubs however, found their long term solution on the right side of the infield. In his seven years with the Cubs, Lee would go on to hit .298 with 179 home runs and won himself two gold gloves. Derek Lee enjoyed a fantastic career, retiring in 2011 with the Pittsburgh Pirates but not before accumulating nearly 2,000 hits and 331 home runs. The Marlins have seemingly been looking for a long term answer at first base since the trade. 3. May 22, 1998: Mike Piazza to the Mets for Preston Wilson and two minor league players During the painful fire sale of 1998 that enraged many Marlins fans, Marlins ownership gave the fans something to be excited about: The team had acquired the game’s premier catcher, Mike Piazza. For Marlins fans, unfortunately, it was too good to be true. Eight days later the Fish shipped the Hall-of-Famer out to the Mets for Preston Wilson and a couple minor league players. Preston Wilson would put together a few solid campaigns for the Marlins but not nearly as impressive as Piazza’s hall-of-fame career. What makes the Piazza trade particularly terrible is what the Fish gave up[...]
Latest trade rumors from the Marlins and rest of the league as well as World Series predictions and more.
Miami Marlins News:
ESPN's latest "Ultimate Standings" have the Marlins organization trending upward in many different aspects. A list that analyzes everything from coaching to ballpark experience, the article praises the influence of Don Mattingly on the Marlins team.
The Marlins have been said to be willing to part with a core player in order to acquire starting pitching. Marlins infielder Adeiny Hechevarria's name has been thrown out there as possible bait.
Around the League:
The 2017 MLB free agent class may be one of the worst we have ever seen. As a result, many expect the trade market to be as busy as ever this winter.
2016-10-22T11:49:54-04:00Here's what's happening around the National League West. With a win over the Dodgers on Saturday night, the Chicago Cubs will advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. However, the Dodgers' starting pitcher for Game 6 is probably the biggest reason why L.A. can force a Game 7 on Sunday night. Clayton Kershaw will take the hill for the Dodgers, who will set a major league record for most consecutive postseason appearances without reaching the World Series, should they fall to the Cubs. Kershaw has proven to be a valuable asset for the Dodgers this season, particularly in a bullpen role when other relievers are depleted. With Kyle Hendricks starting for Chicago, scoring should be light. After all, the Indians are in the World Series already, and they're hitting just .208 this postseason. Here's what else is happening around the National League West: Rumors continue to fly regarding the dismissal of Mike Dee from the Padres organization. One writer explores the possibility of a Giants-Tigers trade session. With the idea of an international draft brewing, how could recent CBA discussions affect the Rockies? Take a look at the projected starting pitching forecast for the 2017 Diamondbacks. Justin Turner broke a franchise record that dates to the days of Ebbets Field. The Giants know they have to improve their bullpen for 2017. But it won't be easy. During an ugly season, the emergence of Brad Hand was a bright spot for the Padres. Top Colorado prospect Ryan McMahon is having a field day in the Arizona Fall League. [...]