Offishial news, 10/7/23: Sandy-less season on deck; arbitration projections

Today’s Marlins news roundup also reflects on the 2003 NLCS, two decades later.

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  • Friday’s AFL/winter ball notes: The Peoria Javelinas remained undefeated (4-0-1) despite a mediocre debut from RHP Gabe Bierman (2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 76 pitches/44 strikes). RHP Zach McCambley recorded four outs in relief of him. IF Nasim Nunez went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and C Paul McIntosh went 1-for-4.
  • The internet’s only Marlins fall/winter ball tracker lives here! We’re monitoring 11 names so far and expecting several others to be active in international leagues as the offseason progresses.
  • Sandy’s Beach will be closed in 2024. A month after being placed on the injured list with a UCL sprain and two weeks after feeling discomfort during a minor league rehab start, Sandy Alcantara underwent Tommy John surgery. The procedure was done by Dr. Keith Meister. who is second only to James Andrews in total TJ surgeries completed on baseball players. In his statement, Alcantara singled out Jesús (Luzardo), Eury (Pérez), Edward (Cabrera), (Braxton) Garrett and Trevor (Rogers) as teammates he’s confident will “hold down the fort” in the Marlins rotation during his recovery. Two years ago, Alcantara signed what seemed like a very team-friendly contract extension (five years, $56 million with a club option), but it must be a relief to he and his loved ones to know they are financially secure regardless of how he performs post-surgery.
  • Nice to see Alcantara gassing up his teammates, but the Marlins will inevitably have to acquire veteran starting pitching help from outside the organization if they are to be taken seriously as a postseason contender. Only Luzardo, Pérez and Garrett should be considered rotation locks.
  • MLB Trade Rumors projects 2024 salaries for all 13 arbitration-eligible Marlins players. Luis Arraez ($10.8M), Jesús Luzardo ($5.9M) and Tanner Scott ($5.8M) account for the majority of the total cost. Jacob Stallings ($3.6M) is in danger of being non-tendered, especially in light of the Alcantara news (Stallings caught all of his starts over the last two seasons).
  • Luis Arraez has been nominated for the 2023 Hank Aaron Award, recognizing each league’s best overall offensive performer. Vote for him through October 13.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Billy Eppler resigned as Mets general manager amid an MLB investigation into the team’s improper use of the injured list. David Stearns recently supplanted Eppler as the Mets’ lead baseball operations decision-maker. All four of the Division Series matchups get underway today.
  • We are collecting your trivia questions about the 2023 season for a new Marlins Jeopardy edition of Fish On First LIVE. With chiropractic care and functional health, La Pop takes a preventative approach that optimizes wellness and quality of life for all ages. Find out more here!
  • Noah Berger went around the Marlins clubhouse asking players for their favorite moments from the 2023 season.
  • As Glenn Geffner mentions on View from the Bleachers, Ryan Weathers and Max Meyer are notable wild cards on the 2024 rotation depth chart. “The acquisition of impact starting pitching must be high on the Marlins’ list of off-season priorities,” he writes.
  • Within Jon Greenberg’s oral history of the 2003 Cubs, there is of course a section about NLCS Game 6 and Steve Bartman. “There was like zero effect in our dugout,” Todd Hollandsworth says. “We didn’t have replay the way that we have it today where you’d be watching that replay in your dugout.” The former Cubs interviewed for the piece agree that the series-altering Marlins rally wasn’t Bartman’s fault.
  • Happy 26th birthday to Jesús Sánchez. Despite opening the regular season in a bench role, Sánchez went on to establish new career highs in games played (125), batting average (.253), on-base percentage (.327) and fWAR (1.3) as Miami’s primary right fielder.

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3 responses to “Offishial news, 10/7/23: Sandy-less season on deck; arbitration projections”

  1. Poor Sandy. Out for 2024 and innings limit in 2025. How does one limit Sandy? This is gonna hurt season ticket sales big time. The fact that the Marlins were silent was a dead giveaway he was having the surgery, so no surprise there. But the point about the Marlins signing a pitcher is laugable – who, like Cueto. Just take up Cueto’s option cuz we are not going to be able to afford anyone better. And we get a late start on the post season process while other teams talk to pitchers’ agents and we haggle with Kim, then take more time to agree to terms with Oz Ocampo.
    Mets GM role is a joke, as Sampson pointed out. Although that’s like the pot calling the kettle black seeing as how under his reign the owner not just meddled with the GM, but also micro managed the manager during games (ask Joe Girardi). I’m sure Cohen will offer Kim the largest GM contract in baseball history, but she has been in that situation before reporting to Jeter and Denbo so I still predict that she is Beantown bound.

    1. Regarding signing a pitcher, the first name that intrigues me is Giolito. I could definitely see him seeking a one-year pillow deal to re-establish himself. Even if the team isn’t contending, he would be a nice rental to shop at the trade deadline.

      1. We have seen how one year pillow deals work out. Just look at Cueto. Rather than re-establishing themselves, they just cash one more paycheck before retirement.

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