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By meiliu on Jul 14, 2014 12:52 AM
<P>Marlins closing in on deal with power</P>
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<P>update: The Marlins are expected to finalize a contract former Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, who would give them a more established power hitter than Logan Morrison. make $7.75 million a two year deal, sources say.</P>
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<P>The Marlins will likely deal Morrison for a third baseman or or or whatever the front office deems to be the best offer.</P>
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<P>After adding Jarod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal and Jones, the Marlins will have about $46 million in payroll commitments next season. Morrison is expected to make between $1.5 million and $2 million in arbitration, and the Marlins could reduce that $47 million figure slightly by trading Morrison for a young player or two who are not eligible for arbitration.</P>
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<P>Besides a third baseman, the Marlins are still looking to add a cheap pitcher or two. post below for more what the Marlins are getting in Jones.</P>
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<P>There will be plenty of fraternizing between Dolphins and Steelers Saturday night (not that there anything wrong with that, to use a Jerry Seinfeld line). Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, out for the year with a knee injury, invited center Mike Pouncey and the entire Dolphins offensive line to dinner at his home Saturday night. Capital Grille will provide the food. And Mike Wallace will dine at the home of his former Steelers teammate, receiver Antonio Brown.</P>
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<P>Cornerback Jamar Taylor (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game, and the Dolphins listed two players as questionable: cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who has been limited to five games by a groin injury this season, and running back Daniel Thomas, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury.</P>
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<P>The Dolphins listed six players as probable: Ryan Tannehill (thumb), Lamar Miller (pectoral), John Jerry (concussion), Chris Clemons (knee/hamstring), Michael Egnew (neck) and Austin Spitler (knee).</P>
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<P>The Steelers listed defensive end Brett Keisel as out and tackle Kelvin Benchum as doubtful. Tackle Steve McLendon is questionable. update: The Marlins are so interested in trading Logan Morrison, presuming they can get something decent back for him, that they already had discussions with at least one potential replacement.</P>
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<P>According to sources, the Marlins have had serious discussions former Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, a left handed hitter who has hit between 15 and 27 homers each of the past five seasons with Pittsburgh. There is interest on both sides and a two year deal is being worked on.</P>
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<P>The Pirates did not tender Jones a contract last week after he hit a career low .233 with 15 homers and 51 RBI last season. That was a dropoff from 2012, when he hit .274, with 27 homers and 86 RBI.</P>
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<P>Jones, 32, can play right field, but the Marlins have said publicly that they don plan to trade Giancarlo Stanton this offseason.</P>
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<P>A left handed hitter, Jones spent his first Authentic Andrew Jackson Jersey season with Minnesota and the past five with Pittsburgh. He hit 21, 21 and 16 homers in his first three years with the Pirates and last year became the first to hit a home run into the Allegheny River, which is just beyond PNC Park.</P>
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<P>A .254 career hitter, Jones www.patriotsofficialauthentic.com/authentic-jimmy-garoppolo-jersey.html committed six errors in 83 games at first base last season and two in 64 games in right field.</P>
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<P>The Marlins will explore trades involving Morrison over the next week. He could be dealt for a third baseman, which remains a priority. In this media culture where instant analysis is often encouraged and expected, too many pundits drew conclusions based only on the one Richie Incognito voice mail that became public. Considering the volume of text messages between Jonathan Martin and Incognito (more than 1100) and other evidence gathered by Wells, one Incognito voice mail was insufficient to any conclusive opinion.</P>
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<P>It's fair to criticize Incognito for the vulgarity in that voice mail and his use of a racial epithet. But making big picture conclusions was premature then and still is now.</P>
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<P>Lessons learned Part 2: Context, please. and deserve credit for obtaining a transcript of most of that April voice mail that Incognito left for Martin. But did it change how you view that voice mail, even slightly, now that you know Incognito ended it with "call me back"?</P>
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<P>Neither ESPN nor knew or disclosed that detail. But that sign off suggests Martin and Incognito weren't enemies, and this could simply be the way Incognito addresses Martin.</P>
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