In the future, everyone will hold the naming rights to the Marlins’ ballpark for fifteen minutes …
The Marlins’ home for the next two years will be known by yet another name for the 2010 season. The football/baseball facility in South Florida, which is currently
called Dolphin Stadium again, will be renamed Sun Life Stadium, after
the company Sun Life Financial . . . It started with Joe Robbie Stadium, then went to Pro Player Park, Pro
Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium and then Land Shark
Stadium for most of the ’09 season. It then reverted to Dolphin Stadium
following the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 5, and now it will be known as
Sun Life Stadium.
Given how often it changes It can’t cost much money to name the place. We should just pool our money and get it donw. Yahoo!’s Dave Brown’s idea — “Say Hello to my Little Ballpark” — is in the lead so far. Anyone have anything better?
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Monday that the Angels have received inquiries from multiple teams concerning starter Hector Santiago. He adds that the club is willing to listen to offers. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have inquired.
Santiago, 28, has pitched to a 4.32 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 47 walks in 110 1/3 innings. Sabermetric statistics such as FIP, xFIP, and SIERA think the lefty has pitched even worse than his ERA indicates however, pitting 2016 as his worst performance to date.
Santiago is earning $5 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into 2017.
We also learned earlier that, in an effort to bolster their starting rotation, the Marlins have also shown interest in Wade Miley of the Mariners and Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies.
The Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list last week due to more neck discomfort. On Friday, Fielder met with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Fielder in 2014 for a herniated disk in his neck. Dossett has recommended another procedure, so Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.
Fielder was having a rough season, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 370 plate appearances. He played in only 42 games in 2014, but returned in 2015 looking more like his old self. Unfortunately, neck and back issues are notoriously difficult to fix. Hopefully, this upcoming procedure does the trick for Fielder.
Fielder is owed $24 million per season through 2020, with the Tigers paying $6 million of it per season.