The Marlins announce the claiming of OF Bruce Aven off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 26 year old Aven struggled in AAA Buffalo due to a ligament transplant surgery on his right elbow. He made his Major League Debut on August 27, 1997 at Anaheim. Aven .211 with a double and two RBI in 13 games in the Major Leagues. Aven had an excellent 1997 at AAA Buffalo, hitting 17 home runs, 27 doubles, and 77 RBI while being named to the AAA All-Star team.
Henry and Huiznega have apparently completed their deal, but will not formally announce, as per Major League Baseball’s request, until the end of the World Series.
John Boles, the Marlins director of player development, who replaced Rene Lachmen in 1996 and lead the team to a 40-35 record will be named the new manager of the Florida Marlins.
Manager John Boles named his coaching staff. Key is the promotion of Fredi Gonzalez as third base coach. Gonzalez coached the Marlins first ever game at Rookie League Erie. Many considered him as a potential major league manager. Pitching coach Rich Dubee remains from last years staff. Rusty Kuntz is the new first base coach, Jack Maloof hitting coach, Tony Taylor infield coach and Joe Breeden bench coach. All were signed to 2-year contracts.
The riff between owner Wayne Huizenga and John Henry seems to have been solved, as the two agreed on purchase terms. In addition to the $150 million price, Henry will pay Huizenga’s Pro Player Stadium $12 million for renovations. Henry will also give the stadium the remaining money on the $60 million stadium grant from the state.
Jim Leyland stepped down as the manager of the Florida Marlins. Leyland received a $500,000 buyout and has indicated he wants to coach in 1999, but only with a contender.