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Major League Baseball came down on Miami Marlins’ reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo today. Oviedo will be suspended for six weeks upon his removal from the Marlins’ restricted list.
It was made known at the end of last season that Oviedo, formerly Leo Nunez, was playing under a falsified identity. Oviedo was placed on the restricted list at the end of September of last year and is currently in the Dominican Republic doing community service work in order to acquire a new visa.
The Miami Marlins farm system took a major hit today. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel, right-handed pitcher Jose Ceda will undergo Tommy John surgery next week after being diagnosed with a severe elbow sprain.
Ceda was on his way to earning a bullpen spot this season and possibly more if he had pitched fairly decent. Of course, this all for naught as he’ll be sitting in the dugout for the entirety of the 2012 season.
The Miami Marlins have been doing some late Spring Training shopping. Tuesday, the Marlins contacted the Baltimore Orioles about outfielder Noaln Reimold, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. The Orioles were not interested being that Reimold is projected to be the leadoff hitter for the Orioles this season as well as their left fielder.
The Marlins already have their outfield set with Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and Emilio Bonifacio. The Marlins also have Austin Kearns, Greg Dobbs and Bryan Petersen on their bench.
Miami Marlins’ young outfield slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been giving the team his all in the two seasons in which he has played. In his two seasons, Stanton has batted .261/.344/.525 and hit 56 homers while batting in 146 runs. Those numbers sum up just a few reasons why the young slugger deserves a new contract with the Fish, most likely one that locks him up for many years to come.
However, as the news has it, there are conflicting ideas on whether the Marlins have actually discussed giving the 22-year-old outfielder a significant extension. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney was reporting Thursday that the Marlins were going to give him something large. However, Peter Gammons reported that no such offer has been made yet.
Mike Stanton, the young, powerful and up and coming superstar for the Miami Marlins is poised to have a break-out season in 2012. However, you will not see any of Mike Stanton this year.
Stanton told reporters Wednesday that from now on he would like to be called by the actual name that appears on his birth certificate and pay checks and, additionally, the name that owner Jeffrey Loria calls him: Giancarlo.
Miami Marlins 71-year-old club owner Jeffrey Loria told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he is planning on owning the team for as long as he lives. Loria was quoted saying, “I love this team.”
Loria has been the owner of the Marlins for eleven seasons and has won one World Series as owner, that coming in 2003 when the Florida Marlins defeated the New York Yankees behind the pitching prowess of Josh Beckett.
The Miami Marlins made a bold statement this off-season signing the most coveted shortstop on the market in Jose Reyes. The Marlins organization also made a bold statement when they expected Hanley Ramirez to willingly change positions.
Ramirez is reluctantly switching positions from shortstop to third base to allow offseason acquisition Reyes to play in his primary spot at shortstop. Ramirez indicated Tuesday at Marlins camp that he is content with the move to third base, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The Miami Marlins recently received some fantastic news about their ace Josh Johnson. The right-handed pitcher has been throwing off a mound three days a week, according to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro, which is more than a step better than his status earlier in the off-season.
Miami Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez became the first person to win salary arbitration this year when a three-person panel awarded him $8 million as opposed to the Marlins’ offer of $6.2 million.
Sanchez is eligible for free agency after the season. In 2011, he was 8-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 32 starts. Sanchez also pitched three complete games for the Marlins as well as striking out 202 batters.
If there’s one thing that’s lasted within the Marlins organization for almost the entirety of Jeffrey Loria’s tenure as owner, it’s the enforced rule disabling players from rocking any sort of facial or long hair. Like the Yankees, the Marlins Brass only wants to see clean-cut Fish on the field. Although I don’t blame them, I’ve never been a fan of this sort of uniformity. It’s just too strict of a rule in my opinion. But most of all, it prevents players from being themselves on the diamond. That said, it doesn’t impact any part of the game and never contains enough depth to actually be considered an “issue.”