He has arrived.
Following another disappointing loss the Mets, the Marlins made wholesale changes led by the much anticipated call of Mike Stanton, who leads professional baseball in home runs and RBIs. To make room for Stanton, the Fish optioned Brett Carroll down to AAA. Also, looking for some spark off the bench, the Marlins DFA’d Mike Lamb, again, and called up the much maligned Emilio Bonifacio. Tim Wood, who allowed 3 runs to the Mets today, was sent down and Rick VandenHurk was called up.
Stanton, who the Marlins hope can wake-up their offense, finishes his AA season in Jacksonville with a .311 batting average, 1.167 OPS, 21 home runs and 52 RBIs in 52 games.
Petersen gives the Marlins another outfielder to plug in the lineup while Coghlan and Maybin are struggling. The move could also setup an opening for newly signed Doug Mientkiewicz, who will join AAA in the next few days.
Yesterday, Jay Gibbons hit a home run, today he’s looking for a new job. The Marlins surprisingly released the left-handed outfielder with weeks left in Spring Training. The Marlins also sent some of their best prospects to the minors including Kyle Skipworth, Matt Dominguez, Jose Ceda and Michael Stanton.
Yes, the media is exploding with rumors of Manny Ramirez being traded to the Marlins. Best source I can find is MLBTR which has been updating these rumors regularly.
Marlins GM Mike Hill had to cancel his appearance on tonight’s broadcast so let the speculation continue.
Update: Of course, Mike Berardino says NFW
Update 3: My take on Ken Rosenthal’s latest update that the Fish will not include Stanton: The Marlins are seriously talking about acquiring Manny Ramirez.
Update 4: Here is what was supposudly submmited to the Commisioner’s office for approval:
Marlins get Manny Ramirez, one prospect (BOS), and cash (likely Ramirez’s remaining salary)
Pirates get Jeremy Hermida and three prospects (two FLO, one BOS)
Red Sox get Jason Bay and John Grabow
Update 5: Nice dramatic feel in this writeup by the Palm Beach Post.