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The Marlins best offseason move? Not making a move at all says Mike Bates.
The good news for what few fans remain in South Florida (this is in no way a criticism of Marlins fans; I'm sorry for everything you've endured) is that cooler heads prevailed and the offseason is defined even more by the moves the Marlins could have made and didn't than by those they did make. Ozuna and Fernandez will both be in the Opening Day lineup. So will Stanton. Dee Gordon signed an extension to hopefully continue his unexpectedly high level of play. Plus, Christian Yelich remains an excellent young player, J.T. Realmuto is improving behind the plate, and Adeiny Hechavarria has developed into a fine shortstop. The problem is surrounding that core with competent Major League pitching.
Here is a list of the best free agent relievers remaining.
The Kansas City Royals and Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration, agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million deal.
Jenrry Mejia became the first player to be suspended for life because of PED use, testing positive for a third time.
The A's acquired Khris Davis from the Brewers in exchange for two prospects.
Speaking of the Brewers, they have had a solid offseason as part of their rebuild.
Seattle is banking on minor moves paying off big time in 2016.
Even though they've only been projected for 83 wins, the only division-rival that places higher in Depth Charts projections are the Houston Astros. There's a real chance that the Mariners out-perform that and happen into a wild-card or better. And a general manager who seems to be hard-working represents a promising start.
The Indians inked Tommy Hunter to a one-year deal.
And here is the second round of a baseball game theory experiment run by Beyond the Box Score's and MLB Daily Dish's own Matt Goldman.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1990, owners refuse to open spring training camps without a new CBA with the Players' Association. This causes a 32 day lockout and delays the season by one week.