Top 10 Suns Moments of 2014

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Justin Nicolino tips his cap to Jacksonville fans during Game Three of the 2014 Southern League Championship Series. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

2014 was more than memorable for the Jacksonville Suns, who captured the franchise’s sixth Southern League championship in September. This was a year where Suns fans learned to expect the unexpected and to be ready for memorable moments each night at Bragan Field.

The journey to a championship featured many twists and turns, and we’ve selected our favorite memories from this past season of Suns baseball. There probably could have been 20 or 30 the way this season went, but these 10 stood out the most.

Enjoy this look back at 2014 and Happy New Year from the Jacksonville Suns!

10. Suns and Barons Make Headlines with July Brawl

While some will not view this as a “top” moment, there is no doubt that this event was one of the most newsworthy moments of the season and perhaps sparked the Suns in the second half of the year. In the ninth inning of a July 26 game against the Barons, Birmingham took a 5-1 lead when Luis Sierra brought home Jeremy Farrell on an RBI single off Suns reliever Matt Ramsey. After he scored, Farrell collided with Ramsey, sparking a benches-clearing brawl. After manager Andy Barkett and Ramsey were ejected, first baseman Wilfredo Gimenez charged at the Barons dugout and another, longer brawl occurred. The delay ended up taking 19 minutes, and the incidents led to suspensions and fines for both the Suns and the Barons. The brawl also went viral on social media and the Internet, as it was one of several major brawls in Minor League Baseball that week. It is also interesting to note that following that game, the Suns went 24-11 during the rest of the season as Jacksonville won a second half South Division title.

9. Alex Burg caps memorable Barons comeback with walk-off homer

The night before the Suns and Barons brawled, game five of the series on July 25 featured one of the most memorable and remarkable comeback victories of the year. The Suns trailed the Barons 5-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, yet roared back at the plate as Jacksonville scored five times to tie the game up and force extra innings. The Suns sent 10 men to the plate in the inning and received a bases loaded walk from Alex Burg, a two-run double from Terrence Dayleg and RBI singles from Brent Keys and Austin Barnes to tie the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Barons quickly retook the lead in the top of the 10th when Christian Marrero hit a solo homer, but once again the Suns answered. In the bottom of the 10th, Alex Burg drilled a two-run homer well over the left field wall to give the Suns a walk-off 7-6 victory. Burg had a knack for walk-off heroics in 2014, as that hit was his fourth walk-off hit of the year and the ninth for the Suns.

8. Barnes Homers Suns to Third Consecutive Golden Skillet

On July 19, Austin Barnes hit a three-run go-ahead home run to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead over the Blue Wahoos in the seventh inning, and Jacksonville went on to win the contest 6-2 to clinch a third consecutive Golden Skillet crown. So far the Suns have won all three Golden Skillet battles with their instate rival from Pensacola, but the clinching win on the 19th proved more than just a signature moment for the Suns. The homer sparked Austin Barnes, who hadn’t hit a home run in his first 35 games with the Suns, to 12 homers in the last 43 games of the year in a time where Jacksonville needed offense to chase down a second half South Division title.

7. Furcal and Tejada join Suns

It’s not uncommon for the Suns to have major league stars “rehab” in Jacksonville as they work their way back to Miami from injury. In the Barkett era alone players like Chris Coghlan, Clay Hensley, Nathan Eovaldi, and Logan Morrison all suited up for the Suns before returning to the Marlins. However in 2014, some very noteworthy players had extended rehab stints with the Suns. First of all, Marlins second baseman and three-time All-Star Rafael Furcal had three separate rehab stints with the Suns from late April to mid-June as he nursed several leg injuries. Another star was former American League MVP and six-time All Star Miguel Tejada, who joined the Suns on a minor league rehab stint, as he was signed by the Marlins in April and joined the Suns in late May. Tejada only played in four games, all in Jacksonville, before injury would ultimately end his season. There were a few days in Jacksonville where Tejada and Furcal were both in the Suns clubhouse, a rare duo of accomplished major leaguers in Double-A.

6. Back-to-Back-to-Back Homers Power Suns to Game Three SDCS Win

After a long bus ride through the night to Jacksonville following the Game Two loss of the South Division Championship Series, the Suns bats came alive in Game Three’s second inning. The Suns hitting back-to-back-to-back homers by Viosergy Rosa, Brady Shoemaker, and Joe Benson off talented Diamondbacks prospect Aaron Blair to give Justin Nicolino all the run support he needed as the Suns won 7-5 and a 2-1 lead in the series. In the regular season, the Suns hadn’t had back-to-back homers all year, let alone the back-to-back-to-back display seen that night by Rosa, Shoemaker, and Benson.

5. Nicolino Tips Cap to Bragan Field Crowd

One of the most dramatic moments of the season came during a pitching change in Game Three of the Southern League Championship Series at Bragan Field. Justin Nicolino, who would be named the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher and the Miami Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, tossed the first six and two-thirds innings against Chattanooga in scoreless fashion as the Suns led 6-0 in the seventh inning. When manager Andy Barkett took out Nicolino for reliever Reid Redman, Bragan Field erupted in applause as Nicolino made his way back to the dugout as he tipped the cap to the Jacksonville fans who witnessed his brilliance all season long. Nicolino was 14-4 in 2014 with a league-best 2.64 ERA, and barring injury it is likely that was his final moment on the mound in a Suns uniform.

4. 11-Game Winning Streak Begins in Tennessee

After a loss against the Blue Wahoos in Jacksonville on August 21, the Suns bused through the night north to Kodak, Tennessee where the Tennessee Smokies were waiting for a crucial five game series. The Smokies were also in a pennant race with the surging Chattanooga Lookouts for the Second Half North Division crown, yet from night one in Tennessee it was clear the Suns were on their way to greatness.

The Suns won the first contest 18-1 and had a 7-0 lead on Tennessee in the bottom of the first when the first out was recorded. Jacksonville also led 16-0 in the middle of the fourth. That night a tired Suns team went to a unfriendly territory and carried the fight right to the Smokies and in turn, the rest of the Southern League South Division, as the victory sparked Jacksonville to what became a 10-game winning streak to close the regular season, and then ultimately an 11-game winning streak stretching into the playoffs.

3. Suns Clinch Second Half South Division Title

The Suns had won nine games in a row and thanks to a pair of Braves losses against Huntsville, the Labor Day game against Mobile presented the Suns with the same scenario as the year before – win and you’re in the playoffs. However there was no margin for error, since the Braves owned the tiebreaker a Suns loss and a Braves win meant that Mississippi, who ended up with the league’s best record, would be postseason bound.

The Suns built an early lead before Brady Shoemaker’s three-run homer in the fifth inning gave Jacksonville a 5-2 lead. In the seventh inning Viosergy Rosa smashed a solo homer that looked to be an exclamation point to a clinching win, as the Suns went ahead 6-3. However things got interesting in the top of the ninth, as the BayBears scored two runs on Brandon Drury double that came just a few feet shy of a grand slam home run that would’ve given Mobile the lead. Yet Nick Wittgren forced Dustin Martin to ground out to short to secure Jacksonville’s 2014 Second Half South Division Championship.

The Suns had a great champagne celebration on the field and in the clubhouse, and long after fans left Bragan Field on that perfect Monday, the ball club, led by ace Justin Nicolino, took a victory lap around the bases. Baseball is a game that brings the little kid out in everyone, and as I watched from the radio booth at these guys running around the field, I knew that this group was special and that the playoffs wouldn’t faze the Suns.

2. Barnes Homers to Give Suns Game One SDCS Win

As the South Division Championship Series started in Mobile even adversity and a late deficit couldn’t faze the Suns. In Game One, trailing 4-3 with Mobile’s closer on the mound in the top of the ninth inning, a pinch-hit single by Ryan Rieger put a man on base and then with two outs, Austin Barnes continued his home run tear from the regular season as he clobbered a two-run dinger over the left field wall at Hank Aaron Stadium to put the Suns up 5-4, which would be the final score. The home run set the tone for the rest of the playoffs, and the Suns ended up beating the BayBears in four games in the SDCS.

 

1. Suns Sweep Lookouts in Southern League Championship Series

The Suns travelled to Chattanooga to face the Lookouts in the Southern League Championship Series. While the Suns under the Marlins had already won two titles in 2009 and 2010 and had five Southern League crowns overall, the Lookouts had not won a league championship since 1988 and were in the championship series for the first time since they lost to the Suns in 1996.

Jacksonville took the first contest 5-3 behind five runs in the first two innings of the game combined with brilliant pitching from Urena. The Chattanooga portion of the series came to a close in Game Two with the Suns winning a blowout 12-3. The series shifted back to Jacksonville on Friday September 12, and Viosergy Rosa continued his terrific postseason with a first inning three-run homer that proved to be plenty of run support for Justin Nicolino.

The ace didn’t allow any runs during his time on the mound, and when he was taken out of the game in the seventh inning he received a lengthy standing ovation from the loud Bragan Field crowd and he tipped his cap to them as well. Despite the Lookouts grabbing a run in the top of the ninth, Matt Ramsey forced Darnell Sweeney to ground out to second base to end the season as the Suns swept the Lookouts to claim their sixth Southern League title, and their third as a Miami Marlins affiliate.

#MarlinsMonday – December 29, 2014

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Dee Gordon is ready to make an impact in Miami this season. Photo Courtesy: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

I hope all of you had a great Christmas holiday with your family.

The last week didn’t provide much Marlins news, and aside from a few signings here and there baseball was pretty quiet over the past week. This is one of the few times of the year when executives and players alike can get some rest and spend time with family, but once Thursday hits and 2015 begins, the mad rush to Spring Training will begin.

Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, Wednesday we’ll count down the Top 10 Suns Moments of 2014.

Marlins.com: Below surface, positives in Marlins’ 2014 season
Marlins.com: Marlins claim reliever Claiborne off waivers from Yankees
Marlins.com: Hometown a special place for Gordon
Miami Herald: Broward College coach thinks Miami Marlins acquisition Mat Latos can win Cy Young Fish Stripes: Marlins expected to compete within NL East in 2015
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Rafael Furcal faces latest injury setback — a torn hamstring
ESPN Chicago: Police question Cubs’ Castro about shooting
The New York Times: I.R.S. to Auction Off Annuity From Darryl Strawberry’s Mets Days
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: Five Hall of Famers this year? And a big jump for Tim Raines?

 

#MarlinsMonday – December 22, 2014

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Michael Morse, Mat Latos, and Dee Gordon are three Florida natives that will look to make an impact in Miami.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Last Friday brought more wheeling and dealing for the Miami Marlins, as Michael Hill and Dan Jennings proved that a press conference doesn’t get in their way of improving the roster.

Right after Michael Morse, Dee Gordon, and Mat Latos were introduced to the Miami media, the Marlins traded the trio of Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and Domingo German to the New York Yankees for infielder Martin Prado and right-hander David Phelps.

Following that move, third baseman and a 2014 fan favorite Casey McGehee was traded to the San Francisco Giants for a pair of right-handers: Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Here is the projected lineup from MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro that we posted on Friday:

Now here is the lineup he projects following the Prado and McGehee trades:

Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, hope you are getting some rest during the Holidays!

Marlins.com: Morse’s return to Miami a happy homecoming
Marlins.com: Prado gives Marlins options with their batting order
Marlins.com: Marlins trading at a pace not seen since ’05
Miami Herald: Marlins’ Mike Hill believes Martin Prado is an upgrade at third
Sun Sentinel: Casey McGehee hoped for a longer tenure with Miami Marlins
Fish Stripes: Marlins putting together ‘serious contender’
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Yankees will pay for education of slain NYPD officer’s two children
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ryan Howard Phillies better off without him
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: Two months later, the Yankees still don’t have a hitting coach
The New York Times: Beauty Shines Through Decay
ESPN: Report: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year labor deal

#FishFriday – December 19, 2014

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The latest big acquisition by the Miami Marlins, Michael Morse, who was a postseason hero for the San Francisco Giants in 2014.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Miami Marlins stayed busy over the past week, filling more key needs for the 2015 roster.

Needs for a power bat and first baseman were filled with one signing, as the Marlins agreed to a deal with Michael Morse for two years and 16 million dollars on Wednesday. Morse was a postseason hero for the World Champion San Francisco Giants this past season, and poses a legitimate power threat in the lineup behind Giancarlo Stanton.

While the Marlins are expected to continue adding depth to the bench and addressing a few needs on the pitching staff, the 2015 lineup is starting to take shape according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro:

Today Morse along with new Marlins Mat Latos and Dee Gordon will be formally introduced at Marlins Park.

The Suns held their annual Christmas Party on Tuesday night, and Barbara O’Berry’s gingerbread house version of Bragan Field stole the show:

Several views of the Bragan Field gingerbread house and its creator, Barbara O'Berry. Photo Courtesy: January Putt / Jacksonville Suns.

Several views of the Bragan Field gingerbread house and its creator, Barbara O’Berry. Photo Courtesy: January Putt / Jacksonville Suns.

The baseball world is buzzing today with all the news surrounding the San Diego Padres. Not only did they trade for Wil Myers from the Rays and former Sun Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, this morning we learned that they also have acquired Justin Upton from the Braves and are potentially close to getting Will Middlebrooks. All this Padres activity took me back to my youth, when I once “suited up” for the Friars with my San Diego cousins:

And before we get to our links, I hope all of you by now saw the excellent final moments of the last Colbert Report last night. I never watched this show very much but this series finale is epic:

Here are today’s #FishFriday links, have a great weekend as we get closer to Christmas!

Marlins.com: McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations
MLB.com: Justice: Marlins full of intrigue after reshaping
Marlins.com: Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal
Miami Herald: Sports Buzz: Breaking down Marlins’ key pickups and scouts’ views
Sun Sentinel: Miami Marlins: Ankle injury ends Derek Dietrich’s winter ball season
Fish Stripes: Marlins considering Jake Peavy if Haren retires
MiLB.com: Toilet, trampoline among ‘Bizzies’ winners
The New York Times: A Salute to Sy Berger, From a Card-Carrying Fan
The New York Times: Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball
Los Angeles Times: Dodgers’ Vin Scully loses one golden ring in holiday loop around Costco
NBC Sports Hardball Talk: Justin Upton traded to the Padres for three prospects
Yahoo! Big League Stew: Rays’ stadium deal rejected by St. Petersburg City Council

The Gingerbread Bragan Field!

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Bragan Field in delicious form! Photo Courtesy: Joe Cowart 1010XL

Bragan Field in delicious form! Photo Courtesy: Joe Cowart 1010XL

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns held their annual Christmas party at Bragan Field on Tuesday night, and the event featured an added attraction with the gingerbread house version of Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

The creation is courtesy of Suns Senior Director of Business Administration Barbara O’Berry, who is known for her creative cakes to celebrate birthdays around the front office. Suns staff members helped the house come alive over the past week, and the finished product was a success!

Several views of the Bragan Field gingerbread house and its creator, Barbara O'Berry. Photo Courtesy: January Putt / Jacksonville Suns.

Several views of the Bragan Field gingerbread house and its creator, Barbara O’Berry. Photo Courtesy: January Putt / Jacksonville Suns.

Here is more social media reaction to the house and to the Suns Christmas Party. We’re getting closer to Christmas, and that means closer to Opening Day!

#MarlinsMonday – December 15, 2014

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Mat Latos adds another power arm to the Marlins rotation. Photo Courtesy: NBC Bay Area

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Has everyone caught their breath from last week’s Winter Meetings?

If you’re a Marlins fan you’re probably still going through all of the moves that the Suns’ parent organization made, as the Fish were among the biggest wheelers and dealers during a busy week in San Diego.

Here is a full rundown of all of the moves that the Marlins made last week (compliments of The Baseball Cube), with former Jacksonville Suns in bold:

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Scott Sizemore –Signed to Minor League Contract

Friday, December 12, 2014
Andre Rienzo – Traded from White Sox to Marlins for Dan Jennings
Mat Latos –  Traded from Reds to Marlins for Anthony Desclafani and Chad Wallach
Andrew McKirahan – Drafted from Cubs by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Dee Gordon, Traded from Dodgers with Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas and PTBNL to Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Jhonatan Solano -Signed to Minor League Contract

Monday, December 08, 2014
James Leverton – Signed to Minor League Contract

All signs point to the Marlins still staying busy this week, looking to get as much work done before the Christmas holiday.

Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, first installment of “Suns on the Move” coming up Wednesday!

Marlins.com: Busy Marlins turning attention to further moves
Marlins.com: Marlins land Latos as rotation gets more seasoning
Miami Herald: Marlins Park appealing to newcomers Dee Gordon, Mat Latos
Sun Sentinel: Marlins manager Redmond tears Achilles tendon
Sun Sentinel: Former Marlin Dempster aims to aid Cubs revival in new front-office role
Fish Stripes: Miami Marlins 2014 Winter Meetings recap
Fish Stripes: Marlins lose Mark Canha to Rockies
Yahoo! Big League Stew: John Hart on retooling Braves: Not like I’m breaking up ’27 Yanks
Ballpark Digest: Braves unveil new ballpark, development renderings
The New York Times: Dodgers’ Transformation Started With Front Office
The New York Times: Sy Berger, Who Turned Boyhood Heroes Into Brilliant Rectangles, Dies at 91

Former Suns involved in Marlins-Dodgers Trade

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Andrew Heaney is now a member of the Angels organization after being traded twice Wednesday. Photo Courtesy: Jay Metz / Jacksonville Suns

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

In a frenzied past two days of activity at Baseball’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, former Jacksonville Suns have been involved in one of the game’s most noteworthy trades.

The Miami Marlins confirmed late last night that former Suns Andrew Heaney, Austin Barnes, and Chris Hatcher along with Enrique Hernandez have been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and Miguel Rojas.

While Heaney was involved in this trade to the Dodgers, he was quickly dealt across town to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Heaney and Barnes were members of the Suns the past two seasons, and Barnes was a postseason hero in 2014 as the Suns won the Southern League Championship.

Heaney, listed by Baseball America as the Marlins No. 1 prospect and the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball entering the season, went 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA in nine appearances and eight starts for Jacksonville in 2014. Overall in his time with the Suns in 2013 and 2014, Heaney was 8-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 14 starts. Heaney finished the season mainly with Triple-A New Orleans where he was 5-4 with a 3.87 ERA in 15 starts, and he also had two stints in the big leagues with the Marlins where he was 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in five starts and seven appearances.

Austin Barnes with the Suns in 2014. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

Barnes proved to be one of Jacksonville’s most clutch home run hitters during the second half of the 2014 season. In his first 34 games with the Suns Barnes did not homer, but in the final 43 games Barnes hit 12 home runs to help the Suns clinch a Second Half South Division title. Barnes in the regular season for the Suns hit .296 with the 12 homers and 43 RBI. He was also clutch in Game One of the South Division Championship Series, as his 9th inning two-run homer when the Suns were down to their final out pushed Jacksonville to a 5-4 win over Mobile in what turned out to be a four-game series win for the Suns.

Versatility also was key for Barnes in his Jacksonville time. Despite being listed on the roster as a catcher, Barnes made the switch to second base when J.T. Realmuto came back from Miami, helping the Suns have two outsanding hitting prospects in the lineup each game.

Chris Hatcher spent parts of three seasons in Jacksonville from 2009-2011 in one of the most interesting careers in franchise history. After helping the Suns win the Southern League championship in 2009, Hatcher provided Suns fans with one of the most memorable moments in Jacksonville baseball history in 2010, as his 9th inning homer clinched a second-straight league title for the Suns.

Hatcher then made his Marlins debut behind the plate to finish the 2010 season, but he had a different look when he came back to Jacksonville in 2011. He and the Marlins decided that his best fit would be as a pitcher, and Hatcher was a 2011 Southern League All-Star going 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 42 appearances for the Suns. He made it back to the Marlins that season as a pitcher, and has been back-and-forth between New Orleans and Miami the past three seasons.

Hernandez never saw playing time with Jacksonville after being traded to the Marlins last July from the Astros.

The players the Marlins received from the Dodgers all have spent time in the Southern League. Haren pitched for the Tennessee Smokies when they were a Cardinals affiliate in 2003, Gordon was with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2010, and Rojas has suited up the Carolina Mudcats, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and Lookouts in his career.

We’ll have more coverage on former Suns on the move later this week.

 

#MarlinsMonday – December 8, 2014

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San Diego is the host of the 2014 Baseball Winter Meetings.

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

Today begins one of the busiest weeks of the offseason, as the baseball world gathers for the 2014 Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Here front office executives will meet and discuss potential trades in person, free agents will be courted, and minor league front offices will prepare and get ideas for the 2015 season ahead.

As always the Suns have a contingent of executives at the Winter Meetings, and we’ll get a report later this week on what they saw here and on jaxsuns.com.

The Marlins are expected to be busy in San Diego, looking to add more pieces to an already talented roster and give Giancarlo Stanton more support. Pitching is always a priority, but Miami will also be aggressive in making sure the roster is ready to compete for a playoff spot in 2015.

Here are today’s #MarlinsMonday links, stay tuned for big news all week from San Diego!

Marlins.com: Active Marlins could remain busy at Winter Meetings
Marlins.com: Marlins willing to part with pitching if deal is right
Sun Sentinel: Marlins not in rush on deals for Fernandez, Yelich, others
Fish Stripes: Marlins 2014 Winter Meetings Primer
MiLB.com: Job seekers to write journals on San Diego journeys
MiLB.com: Winter Meetings set to begin down in San Diego
Yahoo! Big League Stew: 10 storylines to watch this week at MLB’s Winter Meetings
The New York Times: Baseball’s Annual Winter Meetings Have It All, Except Quietude
ESPN: Dynamic’ Cash gets call as Rays manager

#MarlinsMonday – December 1, 2014

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Aaron Crow is the newest member of the Marlins organization. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families!

The Miami Marlins stayed busy throughout the end of last week, making a “Black Friday” trade of their own, as the Marlins traded former Suns pitchers Brian Flynn and Reid Redman to the Kansas City Royals for right-handed pitcher Aaron Crow.

Crow was used out of the bullpen last season for Kansas City, and was an American League All-Star as a rookie in 2011. He has started before, and the Marlins haven’t ruled out the possibility that Crow could work his way into the rotation during Spring Training.

The Marlins also signed former Montgomery Biscuits utility player Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, and he could work himself into the role that Ed Lucas, who was claimed by the Rangers earlier in the offseason, had for the past two seasons in Miami.

Here are the rest of the news items of note for the Marlins and baseball from the weekend, enjoy your #MarlinsMonday!

Marlins.com: Marlins acquire righty Crow from Royals
Marlins.com: Brignac joins group of Marlins’ non-roster invitees
Marlins.com: Marlins seek lefty balance in lineup, on mound
Sun Sentinel:Miami Marlins broadcasters Rich Waltz, Tommy Hutton panned by Sporting News
Fish Stripes: Marlins linked to Allen Craig
Ballpark Digest: Tis the season for baseball books, part II
Yahoo! Big League Stew: O’s Tommy Hunter goes undercover working at team store
MLB.com: Cyber Monday sale offers big savings
The New York Times: No Disguising It: Red Sox Are Eyeing a Title Run