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After Tino Martinez resigns, Marlins name John Pierson interim hitting coach

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Amid allegations from several Marlins players that hitting coach Tino Martinez resorted to both physical and verbal abuse, the former Yankee star resigned from his position. John Pierson was named the interim hitting coach. Pierson had been serving the team as the organization’s Minor League field director.

Martinez had offered to resign when the organization was made aware of the complaints, but owner Jeffrey Loria stunningly gave a vote of confidence to his hitting coach. It was only when the allegations went public that Martinez stepped down. “It has been building for a few days,” Martinez said. “I didn’t know this was going to come out publicly. When this came out, I thought it was the right thing to do.”

As Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel describes it, Martinez had a controversial style, engaging in disagreements with manager Mike Redmond along with a physical engagement with rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich. The allegations suggest Martinez had grabbed Dietrich by the neck, but Martinez firmly denied any such action, saying, “I want to say that I never physically touched anyone by the neck. That never happened.”

Martinez sounds legitimately apologetic about his actions. Via MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro:

“I just thought with some young players, you needed to be a little firmer and try to get them on the right track,” Martinez said. “Obviously, I made a mistake, and I apologize for that too. I apologize to the Marlins’ organization, my family and everyone involved.”

To his credit, Redmond was rational about the situation as well, empathizing with the difficulties Martinez faced as a new coach following a 16-year playing career:

“Coaching is tough,” Redmond said. “I know that going from a player to a coach, it’s hard. Part of the grind is learning how to deal with different situations with different players and personalities. All of that stuff is a challenge. Some people can do it. Some people can’t.

“At the same time, too, we need those guys. That’s the show. Those 25 guys out there, they’re the ones who go out there and perform. Our job is to keep them going. That’s the important thing.”

For the Marlins, it’s another blemish on a very blemished record. After opening up a $634 million new stadium last year, the Marlins boasted a payroll north of $100 million, $40 million more than it had been at its highest point dating back to 2000. Quickly, though, after the team fizzled, Loria traded away the same free agents he had signed to rich, lengthy contracts as free agents, and sent away some of the organization’s homegrown stars as well, such as Hanley Ramirez. They opened up the 2013 season with a $50 million payroll. On average, the Marlins are averaging about 11,000 fewer fans per game than they were last year. Their latest misstep won’t help bring any more fans to the ballpark.

Report: Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23:  Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers chases down a ground ball in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 23, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Texas 3-0.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox continue to move on Tuesday. After acquiring Tyler Thornburg and Chris Sale earlier, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have now agreed to a one-year deal with 1B/DH Mitch Moreland. The value of the deal is not yet known.

Moreland, 31, had a career year in 2015 but his numbers slipped quite a bit this past season. He finished with a .233/.298/.422 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 503 plate appearances.

The Red Sox haven’t confirmed, but it would make sense if Moreland took over at first base and Hanley Ramirez moved to DH.

Report: Orioles made offer to Mark Trumbo, but it’s now off the table

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run during the eighth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 28, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles made a four-year contract offer to slugger Mark Trumbo several weeks ago, but it’s now off the table. As a result, Heyman notes that the Orioles have called on Chris Carter, who was recently non-tendered by the Brewers.

Trumbo, 30, is coming off of a terrific offensive season. He led the majors with 47 home runs while knocking in 108 runs and hitting .256/.316/.533. The O’s, however, may balk at Trumbo’s asking price considering he was still only worth 1.6 Wins Above Replacement in 2016, according to Baseball Reference. That’s because his power is really his only above-average attribute and he cuts into his value by playing abysmal defense.

Carter, soon 30 years old himself, is similar to Trumbo in a lot of ways. He hit .222/.321/.499 with 41 home runs and 94 RBI in 644 plate appearances this past season. The O’s may feel they can come close to replacing Trumbo’s bat at a much cheaper price with Carter.