In order to make his latest case that he belongs in the Marlins' rotation, left-hander Caleb Smith would have to face his old team. That meant going through a Yankees lineup that is among the most feared in the Majors. It didn't go well.
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In the "other" trade the Marlins made with the Yankees over the offseason, Miami acquired first baseman and corner outfielder Garrett Cooper, who the club hopes may be a steal.
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Ronald Acuna, the Braves' top prospect, extended his Spring Training hitting streak to four games and upped his average to .432 as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Braves 6-3 win over the Astros on Sunday.
With so many new faces, the Marlins are looking for veterans like J.T. Realmuto and first baseman Justin Bour to take on leadership roles. Realmuto was frequently mentioned in trade rumors, but he isn't likely to be dealt.
About two hours prior to Giancarlo Stanton's first game against the Marlins, the slugger descended the three steps of the visiting dugout at George M. Steinbrenner Field, warmly embracing his former manager while creating a jarring visual.
The Marlins have a general idea of how their everyday lineup might look, but they have yet to determine a leadoff hitter.
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Sean Burnett, a left-handed reliever who last pitched in the big leagues in 2016, is making a comeback attempt with the Marlins. Miami signed the 35-year-old to a Minor League contract on Saturday, and he is currently participating in Minor League camp.
The time is now for Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino and catcher Tomas Telis. Because both are out of Minor League options, they must make the Opening Day roster or the organization will risk losing one or both.
There's a little more clarity in how the Marlins' rotation will shape up. On Friday, the organization sent Adam Conley, Dillon Peters and Jarlin Garcia -- three left-handed starting candidates with big league service time -- to the Minors.
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Marlins third baseman Martin Prado understands he will open the season on the disabled list, but the veteran infielder is determined to make it a brief stint.
The past two Spring Trainings, Marlins third-base prospect Brian Anderson has been surrounded by some elite company. He now has an opportunity to come out of the shadows and make his own mark.
Marlins center-field prospect Magneuris Sierra limped off the field Wednesday after grounding out to the pitcher in the second inning.
The Marlins are confident J.T. Realmuto's lower back bruise isn't serious and he will be ready for Opening Day, but their starting catcher will still get at least a couple of more days before returning to the lineup.
Derek Dietrich projects as the Marlins' regular left fielder, but don't be surprised if he also sees some time in right -- perhaps playing the two spots in the same inning.
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Jose Urena goes about his business each day calmly, but on the mound, the hard-throwing right-hander brings plenty of passion and energy.
It's 17 days and counting until Opening Day, and the Marlins still have plenty of roster decisions to make.
Jake Arrieta's arrival makes the National League East more interesting and more competitive. Even better, the division was already trending rapidly in that direction.
Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro faced his former team on Sunday afternoon, but on Saturday night, the four-time All-Star caught up with several of his ex-Yankee teammates.
Marlins prospects Brian Anderson and Sandy Alcantara were among top performers on Sunday.
The Spring Training secret of who will start for the Marlins on Opening Day has been revealed. Manager Don Mattingly on Saturday morning ended the suspense by announcing Jose Urena will take the mound on March 29 against the Cubs at Marlins Park.
The Marlins now have an Opening Day starter. Manager Don Mattingly has stated Jose Urena who will get the season rolling against the Cubs on March 29 at Marlins Park.
Lewis Brinson and Isan Diaz were among top prospect performers on Saturday.
The Marlins made their first wave of cuts on Friday, and among them are six of their top prospects, including outfielder Monte Harrison.
It's a make-or-break Spring Training for Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino.
The Marlins will honor the memories of All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez and Hall of Fame radio voice Rafael "Felo" Ramirez by installing plaques on a West Plaza column at Marlins Park.
Pick a spot, any spot, in the batting order, and chances are Starlin Castro has not only hit regularly there, but also produced. Marlins manager Don Mattingly is using Spring Training to tinker with the lineup, but a constant has been Castro playing second base and batting third.
In the clubhouse and on the mound, Pablo Lopez is making a strong first impression. The right-handed pitching prospect, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday, turned heads with his two scoreless innings and three strikeouts in the Marlins' 7-6 win over the Astros at FIT TEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Spring Training days start early for Monte Harrison. The Marlins' No. 2 prospect likes to be at the park about 90 minutes before the first team meeting, and he routinely is in the cages around 7:15 a.m. ET.
Marlins top prospect Lewis Brinson has shown plenty of promise in Spring Training and on Tuesday, the 23-year-old flexed some power.
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Minor League camp gets into full swing on Wednesday, but one of the Marlins' most coveted prospects already has been tuning up on the back fields at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex.
Transitioning back to the starting rotation, this time at the Major League level, is a challenge Jarlin Garcia is taking on this spring for a Marlins club hungry for starting pitching.
So far, this spring couldn't be going any better for right-hander Dan Straily. Straily, who appears to be the frontrunner to be the Marlins' Opening Day starter, had his second straight clean outing, giving up one hit and striking out one in three innings against the Braves on Sunday.