Marlins Podcast Episodes
- Monday’s AFL/winter ball notes: LHP Luis Palacios is getting ready to make his debut with Venezuela’s Leones del Caracas. Palacios had a heavy workload as a starter in the Marlins farm system this season (152.2 IP when including the postseason), mostly with Double-A Pensacola. I assume Caracas will use him as a reliever.
- To my chagrin, the Marlins did not issue a qualifying offer to Jorge Soler prior to Monday’s deadline. Had they done so, Soler probably would’ve rejected it, thereby entitling the Marlins to a compensatory draft pick once he signs with another team. Instead, they’re now poised to lose him for nothing. To be clear, Soler accepting the $20.325M offer would’ve made it incredibly challenging for the team to address other pressing needs for 2024. However, that is a calculated risk worth taking. Soler sticks out in a light-hitting MLB free agent class and should receive no shortage of lucrative multi-year offers.
- In more mundane news, the Marlins exercised Jon Berti‘s $3.625M club option. They also activated Trevor Rogers, Max Meyer and Anthony Bender from the 60-day injured list, and ran Tommy Nance through waivers, then outrighted him to the minors. Their 40-man roster is currently at 35.
- The 2023 National League Manager of the Year finalists are Brian Snitker (Braves), Craig Counsell (Brewers) and Miami’s own Skip Schumaker. Voting for the award has already taken place, to be clear. This announcement means that Schumaker finished in the top three. Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald presents his case to win.
- Elsewhere around baseball, Counsell has stunningly taken the job as Cubs manager…even though the Cubs weren’t openly searching for one. Counsell was lured with a record-setting five-year, $40M contract to replace David Ross. The Mets have hired Carlos Mendoza and the Guardians have hired Stephen Vogt. Both will be first-time MLB skippers. Hard to imagine the Marlins signing any of them, but just FYI, the seven free agents who received qualifying offers are Shohei Ohtani, Cody Bellinger, Blake Snell, Aaron Nola, Sonny Gray, Matt Chapman and Josh Hader.
- Our 2023 Marlins Season Review series keeps expanding. One more week until we fully turn the page to 2024. Check back daily for more articles from the FOF staff.
- The Marlins have until November 14 to determine which eligible prospects to select to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. Alex Carver analyzes Troy Johnston, Anthony Maldonado, Victor Mesa Jr., Nasim Nuñez and Will Banfield.
- The Marlins Hot Stove Show is returning today at 5:00 p.m. ET and presumably includes an interview with Peter Bendix. There are 11 episodes scheduled over the next three months.
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