Jacque Jones is now officially a member of the Florida Marlins. 11 months ago we tried to get him from the Cubs but a last minute veto from Cubs ownership killed the deal.
Jones signed a minor league deal and will report to Jupiter to get some at bats before joining the big team. Brett Carroll will probably be sent down to the minors where he can improve by playing every day (rather than riding the bench in the majors). All-in-all, Jones comes at little to no cost or risk. He gives Fredi Gonzalez another left-handed bat and allows us to move Alfredo Amezaga back to the infield, perhaps even to play some third, where Jorge Cantu still hasn’t mastered the throw across the diamond.
Update: Robert Andino was sent down.
MLB.com revealed the details of Hanley Ramirez’s contract:
Ramirez will make $5.5 million in 2009, and the deal bumps up considerably in the upcoming years.
By coming to terms now, the Marlins will lock up Ramirez through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and then three more years, where he could have qualified for free agency. For those three seasons, the shortstop will earn $23.5 million.
The Dominican Republic native will get $15 million in 2012, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014
There is no signing bonus or no-trade clause so the Marlins didn’t take a huge risk on this already discounted deal. The deal will be formally announced Saturday morning at the Orange Bowl.
A fan over at the MarlinsBaseball Forums says he received the flyer below at his home calling fans to the Orange Bowl area Saturday at 11 AM. Seeing that the Marlins, the City, and the County are all listed, it makes one wonder whether the ballpark will be revealed. It is also a good opportunity to announce Hanley Ramirez’s new contract.
Bugs & Cranks takes a different approach towards the Jacque Jones rumors:
Florida Marlins, do not view these clubs as your peers. You have something they don’t from the 21st century: a World Series championship. So what if Josh Willingham’s health is suspect at this point? Call up Cameron Maybin! He needs a reason to get those braces off, why not make it a cup of coffee in the major leagues? Don’t stoop to the levels of lesser organizations. I tried really hard to write that with a straight face, it didn’t work. Give Cody Ross more playing time. Throw Wes Helms out there, he’ll do anything for those spicy nachos. Why settle for what another team with a bad record doesn’t want? Florida Marlins, you’re the team with the great record, so have some pride! If you want to bring in a veteran whose production at this point is suspect, I don’t know, try the guy sitting on your bench. The Albatross himself has got to be good for something.
Link: Pump the Brakes!!!
Here is what Deadspin’s Purple Prose has to say about the Fish.
For the record, here are some of the nicknames in the write up:
- The Marlins: Miami entrant in the Senior Circuit, Spearfish, Swinging Swimmers, Briny Ballers, Santiago’s Sluggers, Pelagics
- Marlins Fans: Ye Fans of the Fishes
- Marlins Bullpen: Sunshine State Pen Men
- Wayne Huizenga: Gaseous trashman
- Jeffrey Loria: Angry art dealer
- Dan Uggla: Owl, Swedish Surprise, Ugg-Boot
- Scott Olsen: Shiner
- Alfredo Amezaga: Double-A
- Logan Kensing: French Kiss
- Wes Helms: Daily Show
- Jeremy Hermida: May-retta Masterstroker
- Renyel Pinto: Lemon
- Kevin Gregg: Mild-Mannered Reporter
- Hanley Ramirez: The Reconstituted Rajah, Double-R, Valiant of VORP
Link: The Briny Ballers Achieve A Left-Columner
It’s May 11, 2008 and the first place Florida Marlins have the best record in baseball at 23-14.
The Marlins won their 7th straight this time riding two Dan Uggla home runs (he really likes batting 6th) to overcome a poor outing by Scott Olsen. Jeremy Hermida also homered in the Marlins come-from-behind win.