Chris Coghlan and John Baker are on Twitter updating their followers on their time visiting the troops in Iraq. Coghlan can be found @Cogz4Christ and Baker is known as @manbearwolf. Baker is also providing detailed updates on his website http://manbearwolf.blogspot.com/.
Anibal Sanchez has agreed to a 1-year $1.25MM deal with a $100K bonus based on games started. Renyel Pinto also agreed to a 1-year deal with terms TBA.
The Marlins have agreed to a 1-year $7.8MM deal with Dan Uggla, avoiding what could have been an ugly arbitration hearing (aren’t they all?). Despite the edict to spend more money, the Fish are apparently still shopping Uggla around. But, at this point, it’s very likely that Uggla will be the opening day second baseman.
In another reminder why it’s good that the Marlins are moving into their own ballpark, we learn today that Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphin/Landshark Stadium will now be known as Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins have signed a 5-year deal with Sun Life Financial at an average of $7.5MM per year. Let’s hope this deal actually lasts the two years the Fish have in the Stadium.
The Marlins and Josh Johnson have agreed to a 4-year $39MM deal which buys out his first two years of free agency. The deal matches JJ’s original demand of a Greinke-like deal (4 years at $38MM) which suggests the Marlins relented after the recent pressure from MLB and MLBPA.
“I’m excited,” Johnson said. “It sets up me and my family for life. One of the best parts is knowing where I’m going to be the next four years. I won’t have to hear about any trade rumors or anything like that. I’m happy to be in South Florida.”
The contract buys out the final two years of salary arbitration eligibility and the first two years of free agency for Johnson, who has a 34-16 record and a 3.40 ERA in parts of five seasons with the Marlins.
With Hanley Ramirez anchoring the offense, Josh Johnson now becomes the long-term ace of the pitching staff as the Fish make another run to the playoffs and as they look towards opening the new ballpark in 2012.
Update: A few more details. JJ will earn a mere $3.75 million in 2010, $7.75 million in 2011 and $13.75 million in 2012 and 2013. Incentives include $50K for making the All-Star team, $500K for wining the Cy Young and $1MM for World Series MVP.
Andre Dawson has finally been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
“The Hawk”, who finished out his career with the marlins in 1995 and 1996 and is currently a member of the Marlins front office is a former NL MVP and ROY. He was an eight-time all star, retired with 438 home runs and 1,591 RBI.
A Miami native, Dawson becomes the first Marlins player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Update: Dawson received 77.9% of the vote.
The transformation from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins is beginning to take shape.
Except for the “F” logo on the baseball caps, the 2010 Marlins uniforms will no longer contain references to Florida. The most noticeable difference will be on the road uniforms where “Florida” will be replaced with “Marlins” as it appears in the home uniform. Additionally, the uniform sleeves will no longer have the “F” logo patch.
More details on the Marlins website.