Sarah Talalay has an update on that animatronic marlin planned for the outfield of the new ballpark here. It will definitely be unique… check out the video.
As we say goodbye to Lindstrom, let's not forget that Omar Minaya, the worst GM in baseball, gave us Lindstrom and Owens for Jason Vargas #
Third baseman Jorge Jimenez became the player to be named later in the Matt Lindstrom trade when Houston picked him on behalf of the Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jimenez hit .298 with 13 home runs and 87 RBIs for the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox). The Marlins will likely give him a shot at winning the starting 3B job.
On the other end of the Draft, the Marlins, as expected, lost John Raynor when the Pirates took him with the second pick. Raynor performed well in the minors but was left exposed because the Marlins decided to protect pitchers.
Dethroned closer Matt Lindstrom is heading to the Houston Astros (literally, he is on his way to Houston for a physical). Will update once we hear who the Marlins got in return.
Update: Peter Gammons is reporting that the Marlins received two minor leaguers and a player to be named later.
Update 2: Minor leaguers coming back to the Marlins are RHP Robert Bono and SS Luis Bryan.
Ross Gload is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins had hoped to bring back Gload but the defending NL champs capitalized on the opportunity and signed him to a two year deal. Big loss for the Fish as he was a reliable pinch hitter and a good defensive first baseman.