A significant gap between Yelich and the Marlins has caused contract talks on a long-term deal to stall. Hechavarria turned down the Marlins' multiyear contract because the offer was not significant enough. He can become a free agent after the 2018 season, while Yelich can become a free agent after 2019.
After a strong 2013 campaign, Mazzaro struggled to make it back to the majors in 2014. He registered 2.52 ERA over 50 innings of relief at Triple-A Indianapolis. He posted a 3.48 ERA in just 10 1/3 innings of work with the Pirates last season.
Suzuki, 41, will serve as Miami's fourth outfielder, behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. Ichiro is 156 hits shy of 3,000 career hits, and will now have a chance to reach that feat in Miami. Last season, he hit .284/.324/.334 with one home run and 20 RBI over 356 at-bats with the Yankees. He stole 15 bases in 18 tries.
With Max Scherzer now off the market, teams who missed out have already started turning their attention to Shields. The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings. The Marlins spent the offseason making upgrades in the rotation, acquiring both Mat Latos and Dan Haren.
Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill agreed and said Monday about Fernandez's return, "We’re still thinking June, July area."
“Once we get him on the mound, we’ll get a little more clarity," Hill said. "When you’re dealing with those injuries, you’re always cautiously optimistic.
“He’s worked extremely hard. He’s done a tremendous job doing everything he needs to do to get himself back. We won’t put a timetable on it. We don’t want him to feel any pressure.”
The 22-year-old Fernandez was a breakout star in 2013. He not only made the All-Star team, but he won the NL Rookie of the Year and finished third in the NL Cy Young race. Fernandez made eight starts in 2014 before having Tommy John surgery.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Giancarlo Stanton , RF||.288|
|HR||Giancarlo Stanton , RF||37|
|RBI||Giancarlo Stanton , RF||105|
|OBP||Giancarlo Stanton , RF||.395|
|SLG||Giancarlo Stanton , RF||.555|
|R||Christian Yelich , LF||94|
|SB||Christian Yelich , LF||21|
|W||Jarred Cosart , SP||13|
|ERA||Henderson Alvarez , SP||2.65|
|WHIP||Henderson Alvarez , SP||1.24|
|K||Tom Koehler , SP||153|
|SV||Steve Cishek , RP||39|
|Full Team Statistics|
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