Cooper is expected to split playing time at first base with Jesus Aguilar to begin the season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
"In general, we feel like we are going to get both of those guys a lot of at-bats with a combination of first base and outfield," manager Don Mattingly said. "Days off for different guys. We want both of these guys in the lineup as much as possible." The 30-year-old Cooper could also see reps in right field, but the offseason addition of Adam Duvall will likely limit how much time is available for other players in right. As a result, it might take a trade, or the last-minute re-introduction of the DH to the National League, for either Cooper or Aguilar to see anything close to a full-time role, even before considering the potential presence of prospect Lewin Diaz in the mix. Cooper certainly earned a significant role in Miami after posting a .281/.347/.459 slash line in 141 games over the last two seasons.
Cooper agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
He can earn up to $2.05 million with performance bonuses. Jesus Aguilar is also back on a one-year deal, so ideally the designated hitter will remain in the National League going forward. Cooper may have flown under the radar last season, but his .283/.353/.500 slash line and six home runs in 34 games was pretty impressive. He should enter the year with near everyday playing time and a spot in the middle of Miami's lineup.
Cooper is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Cooper had started each of the Marlins' previous 24 games, slashing .289/.379/.482 with four home runs, 12 RBI and 17 runs during that stretch. With Miami having already clinched its spot in the postseason, Cooper will receive a well-deserved breather in the regular-season finale.
Cooper went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Friday.
Cooper wasted no time getting going as he connected with the first pitch he saw to put the Marlins up 3-0 in the first. The 29-year-old has played a major role in Miami's unexpected success this season, hitting .287/.359/.513 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 128 plate appearances.
Cooper went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a walk in a 7-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday.
Cooper slugged a third-inning homer off Patrick Corbin to give Pablo Lopez enough run support to earn the victory. Over his past 15 games, Cooper is slashing .333/.458/.583.
Cooper went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk Wednesday as he helped the Marlins to an 8-4 win over the Red Sox.
Cooper opened up the scoring in the first after connecting on a low breaking ball and driving it over the fence to straightaway center to give the Marlins an early 2-0 lead. The 29-year-old slugger is enjoying a decent campaign in which he's hitting .269/.337/.487 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 22 games.
Cooper went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a victory versus Atlanta on Tuesday.
Cooper enjoyed a big night at the plate in the win, drilling a two-run homer in the fourth inning and singling in a run in the seventh. The 29-year-old entered the game having gone 0-for-9 over his previous three contests. He is slashing .261/.292/.543 overall this season.
Cooper (quadriceps) will serve as the Marlins' designated hitter and will bat fifth Monday against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports.
Cooper hadn't started in either of the Marlins' last two games while battling the quad issue, though he was cleared to make a pinch-hit appearance in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Rays. After being reassessed early Monday, Cooper gained clearance to re-enter the lineup in the series opener in Atlanta, pushing rookie Lewin Diaz back to a bench role as a result. Since coming off the COVID-19 injured list in late August, Cooper has gone 8-for-30 (.267 average) with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBI and three runs in eight contests.
Cooper (quadriceps) is taking grounders and taking swings Sunday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper was absent from the lineup Saturday, but the team expects that he will be able to return to the field within the next few days. He's hit well in 37 plate appearances this season, logging a .278/.297/.556 line with two home runs, three runs scored and eight RBI.
Cooper is not in the team's starting lineup Sunday against the Rays, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper will sit for the second time in the team's weekend series. Jesus Aguilar is starting at first base and batting third, while Lewin Diaz will get the nod as the designated hitter and bat sixth in his place.
Cooper will not start Saturday's game against the Rays, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Cooper owns a strong .886 OPS in seven games since returning from the COVID-19 injured list in late August. He'll hit the bench Saturday, with Jesus Aguilar at first base and Corey Dickerson serving as the designated hitter.
Cooper went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 5-3 win over the Mets.
Cooper's solo long ball off Jacob deGrom sparked a four-run Marlins rally in the sixth that ultimately proved to be the difference in the ball game. It marked the second homer for Cooper, who has gone 5-for-18 with four extra-base hits since returning from the injured list on Aug. 28.
Cooper went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBI, two runs and one strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Rays.
Cooper was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, and he's already been a force at the plate since his return. He led the Marlins in run production against Tampa Bay, but the pitching staff failed to keep the game within striking distance. Following Sunday's performance, he now has three extra-base hits over the past three games.
Cooper was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday and is batting fourth as the designated hitter against the Rays, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
The 29-year-old was one of the many Miami players to test positive for COVID-19 just after Opening Day, and he'll officially rejoin the team a month later. Cooper should have a regular role in the lineup after posting a .790 OPS last year, but it's unclear where he'll see most of his time given the team has been working with a makeshift roster for so long. Lewin Diaz and Jesus Aguilar play most days between first base and designated hitter, and Cooper could join that mix in addition to some corner outfield opportunities.
Cooper was one of 18 Marlins that tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this season who received clearance Saturday to resume baseball activities at the team's alternate training site in Jupiter, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Cooper started in the Marlins' first two games of the season and went 2-for-7 with an RBI before he was shut down July 26, when he became one of the first known players on the roster to have tested positive. Though he's now made a full recovery from the coronavirus, the three-plus weeks of activity that he missed while waiting to clear all protocols means he'll likely need several days' worth of workouts before Miami deems him ready to return from the IL. Once he's activated, Cooper is expected to rotate with Jesus Aguilar between first base and designated hitter.
Cooper (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Cooper was one of several Marlins to test positive for COVID-19 recently, and he'll officially be placed on the injured list as a result. Under MLB protocol, he'll have to produce two negative tests before he's allowed to rejoin the team. Jonathan Villar could take over as the primary designated hitter in Cooper's absence.
Cooper is one of the Marlins' players who tested positive for COVID-19, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Jose Urena was scratched from Sunday's start after also testing positive, and there is reportedly one additional starting position player who reported a positive test, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Cooper could be unavailable for multiple weeks as he waits to clear the league's coronavirus protocols.
Cooper is not in Sunday's lineup against the Phillies.
He is 2-for-7 with a double, an RBI and two strikeouts through two games. Jonathan Villar will start at designated hitter while Magneuris Sierra starts in center field and Isan Diaz handles second base. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that two starting position players on the Marlins have tested positive for coronavirus, so Cooper could be one of the two since he is not in Sunday's lineup.
Cooper could wind up as the Marlins' primary designated hitter this season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
With Jesus Aguilar getting first crack at the starting first base job and Miami carrying a lot of outfield depth, Cooper's path to playing time this season originally appeared somewhat precarious, but he might be the most comfortable fit at DH while players with better gloves, such as Lewis Brinson, patrol right field. Cooper slashed a solid .281/.344/.446 in 421 plate appearances last year, but he'll need to avoid the injuries that sidelined him at times in 2019 to take full advantage of his opportunities.
Cooper is a candidate to platoon with Matt Joyce in right field once the regular season begins, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 29-year-old is facing competition from Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Harold Ramirez for the role. Cooper put up solid offensive numbers in 2019 when he was healthy, but the rebuilding Marlins may prefer to give a younger player like Brinson another chance to establish themselves.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/08||vs ATL||L 0-7||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|10/07||@ ATL||L 0-2||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|10/06||@ ATL||L 5-9||4||1||1||0||2||0||0|
|10/02||@ CHC||W 2-0||4||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|09/30||@ CHC||W 5-1||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|09/26||@ NYY||L 4-11||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||@ NYY||W 4-3||4||1||1||1||3||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||32||122||15||35||6||3||2||20||10||33||0||0||.287||.346||.434|
|2014||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||9||30||2||10||3||0||1||8||--||4||0||0||.333||.375||.533|
|2014||AFA-Brevard County Manat||53||164||23||39||11||0||2||16||18||51||1||0||.238||.330||.342|
|2015||AFA-Brevard County Manat||119||422||55||124||32||2||8||54||35||88||1||1||.294||.356||.436|
|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||75||279||64||102||29||0||17||82||33||48||0||0||.366||.428||.652|
|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||9||30||2||9||1||0||1||5||3||5||0||0||.300||.382||.433|