Marlins’ new stadium will be called “Marlins Park” … for now

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Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium.

But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the Yankees.

Here’s the Samson quote, via beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

“We were down the road [in negotiations], then all of a sudden we signed some players and some more companies got interested and then the price started changing,” said the Marlins president during his weekly live segment. “When you get into bigger numbers, it takes a lot longer to finish a long-term deal like that and I didn’t want to pressure anyone or myself. We’re happy to start with Marlins Park and see what happens.”

Marlins Park will host its first official big league game on April 4, when the Cardinals visit on Opening Night.

Adrian Gonzalez plans to play next season

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Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are “one of the teams who may have interest.”

Well, now that they’ve traded way Paul Goldschmidt I suppose they have an opening.

The Mets released Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might have felt comfortable saying that his playing days were over. He thinks differently, however, and apparently the Dbacks are at least willing to listen. He will turn 37 in May and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract, but if the man wants to play, that will not be an obstacle.