Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a groin strain, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Sunday.
Stanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday after sustaining a groin injury in Saturday's game against the White Sox while running the bases in the 9th inning.
The loss is huge for the Marlins, who, after winning on Sunday, are tied for the second Wild Card spot with the Cardinals. Stanton, their best player, obviously will not be able to help them attempt to make the playoffs down the stretch.
Going forward, the Marlins can plug Ichiro Suzuki into Stanton's spot in right field, where he will play alongside Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna in the outfield. This injury could also lead the team to pursue Alex Rodriguez on the free agent market.
As for Stanton, 2016 will mark the fourth time in his seven-year career where he failed to play 125 games. Stanton has only played 150 or more once, precisely reaching that mark in 2011.
This season, he was hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 runs batted in over 432 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, Stanton has been worth 1.7 fWAR.
In 27 games since the second half started, Stanton was hitting .275 with five homers and 20 runs batted in over 111 plate appearances.
The Miami Marlins have acquired right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodney from the San Diego Padres on Thursday, as Keith Law of ESPN.com first reported.
In return for Rodney, the Padres received Chris Paddack, a right-handed pitcher at Class-A Greensboro. The teams have since announced the deal.
The Marlins have been a surprise contender so far this season and are currently 41-37, putting them in place to capture a Wild Card spot if the season ended today. One of their weaknesses, however, has been in the bullpen, and Rodney will help alleviate some of those issues.
Miami’s bullpen includes the likes of A.J. Ramos, David Phelps, and Kyle Barraclough, all of whom have been good this year. Despite their performances, Miami’s bullpen still ranks 10th-worst in the Majors in fWAR, due to the fact that they have a high xFIP.
Rodney, 39, is signed to a one-year, $2 million deal with a team option for 2017. This season, he has been phenomenal in the closer’s role in San Diego.
In 28 ⅔ innings pitched, Rodney has a miniscule 0.31 ERA (1 ER) and an impressive 33 to 12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has converted all 17 of his save opportunities.
Rodney’s advanced pitching metrics suggest that he is due for some regression (though it’s hard to sustain a 0.31 ERA) but has still been good nonetheless. Rodney has a 2.32 FIP and a 3.25 xFIP. He also has been worth 0.8 fWAR, putting him 17th in the Majors.
On the Padres’ side of the deal, the addition of Chris Paddack is an interesting one.
The 20-year-old Paddack was an eighth round pick of the Marlins in 2015. This season, he’s been basically unhittable, posting a 0.95 ERA and a 48 to 2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 ⅓ innings pitched at Class-A. He has not allowed a hit in his last three starts, pitching 15 innings (five in each) and posting a 28 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Paddack should help the Padres in their rebuilding efforts, especially if he continues to pitch even close to this as he progresses through the minor leagues.
The Miami Marlins have been looking at both starting and relief pitchers on the trade market, as Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports.
Morosi reports that the Marlins have been in "preliminary contact" with the Tampa Bay Rays in regards to right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi.
The team is currently 37-32 and tied for the top Wild Card position in the National League with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miami appears to be interested in adding in an attempt to contend down the stretch and gear up for a possible playoff run.
Odorizzi, in particular, will not come cheap.
The 26-year-old established himself as one of the better up-and-coming starters in the American League in 2015, and he has not even hit arbitration. Odorizzi is still under team control through the 2019 season, adding to his value.
This season, Odorizzi has made 15 starts for the Rays, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 82 to 27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 84 1/3 innings pitched.
According to FanGraphs.com, Odorizzi has worked to a 3.99 FIP and a 4.08 xFIP, perhaps suggesting that he is due for some, but not a lot, regression for the rest of the season due to his strikeout-to-walk ratio and home run allowed rate.
Regardless, the Marlins could use another starter in a rotation that currently includes Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler and Paul Clemens.
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for the usage of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.
Gordon was suspended for exogenous testosterone and clostebol.
With suspensions not being announced until after the appeal process, Gordon had to have dropped his appeal after the Marlins' 5-3 victory over the Dodgers last night.
It's unfortunate for any player to be suspended for PEDs, but perhaps even more so for Gordon, who was making a name for himself as one of the league's best young players.
The 28-year-old hit .333/.359/.418 with four home runs and 46 RBIs in 653 plate appearances. Gordon added 58 stolen bases in 78 attempts and led the National League in hits and average. Gordon was named to his second straight All-Star team.
According to FanGraphs.com, Gordon was worth 4.6 Wins Above Replacement, adding some great defense to his overall profile.
The Marlins rewarded Gordon with a five-year, $50 million extension at the end of 2015. He was scheduled to make about $3 million this year, half of which he will forfeit while barred.
The team apparently was not aware of the suspension until it was announced. According to Marlins president David Samson via the Miami Herald, the team hopes Gordon will "do whatever is necessary to make it up to our fans, to his teammates, and to this organization."
Gordon will not be eligible for postseason play.
The Nationals, Reds, and Marlins are interested in right-handed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Peter Gammons of MLB Network report.
Arroyo was in Cincinnati on January 22 to throw for the Reds, according to Robert Murray of Baseball Essential, though no deal is close.
Arroyo spent the 2015 season with three teams, the Diamondbacks, the Braves, and the Dodgers, but did not throw a single pitch, as he had Tommy John surgery.
The soon-to-be 39-year-old probably won't be looking for a long-term deal. He could be a veteran presence in any rotation, including Miami's, who has reportedly been connected to other veteran arms, like Doug Fister, Tim Lincecum, and Cliff Lee.
Once one of the most durable pitchers in the Major Leagues, Arroyo threw 200 or more innings every single year from 2005 to 2013, excluding 2011, when he threw 199.
His last full season came in 2013, when he went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA and a 124 to 34 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 202 innings pitched. He was worth 1.2 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement.
Arroyo has pitched 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, registering a 4.19 ERA and a 2.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2,364 2/3 innings pitched. He has been worth 24.8 fWAR in his career, pitching for the Reds, Pirates, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks.