Marlins, Christian Yelich agree to seven-year extension

The days of instability at Marlins Park look like they may be coming to a close. That, or Jeffrey Loria has some serious unloading to do.

According to Devan Fink of Cover Those Bases, Joe Frisario of MLB.com and Mike Lowell of MLB Network, the Miami Marlins have agreed on a long term extension with OF Christian Yelich worth $49.570 million dollars over seven years guaranteed, plus an eighth year club option for $15 million. Yelich would not have been eligible for free agency until the year 2020, so the Marlins have essentially bought out his first year of free-agency.

This extension comes after Giancarlo Stanton’s megadeal in late 2014 worth over $300 million dollars and spanning ten years. In comparison, Yelich’s deal isn’t large at all, but for a player with only two years of experience, the deal is monstrous.

The Marlins have now secured both corners of their outfield, with only young CF Marcell Ozuna left unextended. Miami had reportedly tried to extend the 23-year-old earlier in the offseason, and with good reason; Yelich has flourished in left field with the Marlins, boasting a .995 fielding percentage with a gold glove, and has proven himself as Miami’s number one option at the top of their lineup, as he held the leadoff hitter title throughout the majority of 2014 and will hold that position as a cornerstone for a long time. He batted .284/.362/.402 (112 OPS+) with 9 home runs and 54 RBI that season, his first full one in the big leagues. The organization obviously has a high level of confidence in him after signing him to a deal of this caliber. Manager Mike Redmond said that he could envision Yelich as a future batting champ.

Over his two-year career, Christian Yelich has hit .285/.365/.400 (112 OPS+) over 933 plate appearances in 206 games with thirteen home runs and seventy RBI.

Michael Morse, Miami Marlins agree to two-year deal

Marlins Park, get ready for your “A-ha” moment. No, not the moment when the Miami Marlins make the playoffs. The moment when Michael Morse steps up to the plate, and “Take on Me” echos throughout the ballpark. (They’re going to have to wait a day or twoooooooooo, though)

The Miami Marlins have reportedly agreed to a deal with OF/1B Michael Morse for two years, worth about $12 million according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Morse played first base and outfield for the San Francisco Giants this past season excepting the World Series where he became the designated hitter. He posted a .279/.336/.475 line with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.

Unless the Marlins decide to trade Garrett Jones or move an outfielder, Michael Morse will split time at first base with Jones.

Miami has already been incredibly busy this offseason, adding Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, and extending Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million deal. The Marlins have made a clear statement on their mindset, which seems to aim to contend now.

In a ten season career, he has hit .281/.335/.473.

Hanley Ramirez to Sign with the Boston Red Sox

Some say that happiness can be found only at home. So last Friday, Hanley Ramirez went back home to Boston on a four year, 88 million dollar deal according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

After being traded for Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett, he headed to Miami. He grew up and became a star there, only to be sent at 2012’s trade deadline to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a dissapointing finish once again for L.A., Ramirez chose to explore the free agent market. After reportedly being in talks with Toronto, Miami and Houston, the talks never progressed to a serious level.

Ramirez has enjoyed a great career as a three time All-Star (from 2008 to 2010) a Rookie of The Year (2006) and a batting title winner.

Now, at thirty years old, Ramirez has decided to go back where he started.
Last season, Ramirez posted a .283/.369/.448 line with thirteen home runs and 71 runs batted in. In his career, he batted .300/.373/.500 with 191 home runs and 654 RBI.

This is an addition that will spark controversy in “Red Sox Nation”.  It is very unclear where he will fit in this lineup, as Boston already has a very good shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. The addition of Pablo Sandoval makes the situation even more complicated with no clear spot in the lineup for Ramirez.

In all likelihood, Ramirez will move to left field as Bogaerts already earned the shortstop role, making a trade for Yoenis Cespedes very likely. The other possibility is Bogaerts headlining a trade for Cole Hamels, but that seems much less likely.

Boston is clearly much more engaged in this year’s free agent market, adding Sandoval as well and showing interest in Jon Lester.

Ramirez does have a fifth year option worth $22 million.

-Will K.
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