Marlins Notes: Hanley, Morrison, Pujols, Fielder

The Marlins held an introductory press conference for Mark Buehrle today, and here are a few hot stove details from those proceedings and beyond…

  • The Marlins have "poked around in the market" to see what interest there would be in Hanley Ramirez, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  The team claimed Ramirez wouldn't be dealt in the wake of Jose Reyes' signing but even coming off a down year, Ramirez would be a big trade chip.
  • Logan Morrison is "drawing more trade interest" than any other Miami player, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  Still, it is "highly, highly unlikely" Morrison is sent elsewhere. 
  • Team president David Samson denied reports that the Marlins offered Albert Pujols a near-record contract, saying the club's offer was worth a bit more than $200MM, tweets Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported yesterday that Miami offered Pujols a ten-year, $275MM deal that could have ultimately been worth $300MM with incentives and because Florida has no state income tax.
  • When asked if the club would pursue Prince Fielder, owner Jeffrey Loria replied "Oh, I don't know about that. We'll see," reports Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.  In another tweet, Capozzi hears from a source that the Marlins never had interest in Fielder.
  • Juan C. Rodriguez reports the Marlins also aren't interested in free agent starter Edwin Jackson (Twitter link).
  • The Marlins are planning to have internal discussions about an extension for Mike Stanton, Capozzi reports (via Twitter).  There is no time frame, however, as the club is waiting until "after [the] dust settles" on their busy offseason.  Stanton is already under team control through 2016 and doesn't reach arbitration for two more years. 
  • MLB.com's Anthony DiComo details the incentive clauses and the year-by-year breakdown of Jose Reyes' six-year deal.  Reyes will earn $10MM in each of the next two seasons, $16MM in 2014, and then $22MM in each of the final three guaranteed seasons.  The Marlins have a $22MM team option on Reyes for 2018 that can be bought out for $4MM.

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