By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
#MarlinsMonday is back! Apologies for the delay the past week and a half, college basketball season is off to a roaring start but there are plenty of Marlins headlines to get to.
First of all, the Jacksonville Suns announced that they will host the Miami Marlins in an exhibition game on April 4, 2015 at 2:05 p.m. at Bragan Field.
It will mark the first time that a major league team has played in Jacksonville since 2010 when the Suns also hosted the Marlins.
It should be an excellent event just days before the Marlins open their season in Miami, and will give Suns fans an early taste of baseball before Opening Day on Thursday April 9.
The announcement came on the heels of the Marlins making their biggest transaction of the offseason and possibly the decade, when former Sun Giancarlo Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal to stay in Miami. Stanton’s signing not only takes away the biggest question mark about the organization, it also proves that the Marlins are willing to spend money to put a winning product on the field at Marlins Park.
The Marlins also adjusted their 40-man roster before December’s Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 draft, and four former Suns made the list: LHP Justin Nicolino, C Austin Barnes, RHP Matt Ramsey, and LHP Adam Conley.
We’ll do a more detailed look at the new members of the 40-man later this week, plus see which former Suns did not get Rule 5 protection from the Marlins.
Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links:
Jacksonville Suns: Suns Host Major League Exhibition Game in 2015
Marlins.com: Samson: ‘Great hope’ for Marlins after Stanton deal
Marlins.com: Nicolino among five to join Marlins’ 40-man roster
Sun Sentinel: Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton on record deal: This is not a lottery ticket, it’s work
Miami Herald: Greg Cote: Giancarlo Stanton deal could help repair Jeffrey Loria’s image
Fish Stripes: Fish Bites: Marlins lose out on LaRoche
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Reports: Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval finalizing deals with Red Sox
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Mo’ne Davis to release memoirs in March
The New York Times: Ray Sadecki, Who Helped Cardinals Win World Series, Dies at 73
ESPN Los Angeles: UCLA honors Jackie Robinson, retires No. 42