Fish@Bat Twitter Updates for 2010-06-19

Happy 25th birthday to @Cogz4Christ. #

Mike Stanton Grand Slam! First career homerun. 5-2 #Marlins #

Check out @MLBTV on the PS3 – incredible video quality and it's free this weekend. Just saw Stanton's grand slam live all the way in SF. #

Garza still in the game for Rays. Hope #Marlins can stay patient and knock him out early. #

Another double for @cogz4Christ on his birthday. Remember when he was hitting below .200? Now approaching .300 #

Stanton has Arrived

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.

Changes Coming: Lamb Designated, Petersen Up

just after being swept by the Giants, the Marlins designate Mike Lamb for assignment and called up Bryan Petersen from AAA. Lamb went 4-18 in 18 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.

Oh… and Mike Stanton hit a 500-foot homerun.

Manny-Mania

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 2: So the Red Sox want Jeremy Hermida, Ryan Tucker, and Mike Stanton (Jason Stark / ESPN). Two good prospects sounds expensive for a rental player.

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.