Gonzalez Returning to Miami Marlins as Third-Base Coach

Fredi Gonzalez is returning to Miami…

The 52-year-old former professional baseball player and Major League Baseball manager, who was let go from the team in 2010, will return as the Miami Marlins‘ third-base coach, president of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed Tuesday.

Fredi Gonzalez

Gonzalez was the Marlins’ manager from 2007-10. He finished with a 276-279 record and is atop the Marlins’ all-time list for managerial victories.

The Marlins were 35-36 on June 24, 2010, when owner Jeffrey Loria decided to fire Gonzalez. Loria had expressed playoffs-or-bust expectations in spring training and said “we can do better and be better” when he fired Gonzalez.

Gonzalez and Loria exchanged barbs after he was fired.

In 2012, Gonzalez told the Miami Herald that “there’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey Loria thinks is good enough.” Loria responded by calling Gonzalez’s comments “classless” and saying he was a “colossal failure” as the Marlins’ manager.

In 2011, Gonzalez was named the Atlanta Braves‘ manager, replacing Bobby Cox. He posted a 434-413 record, with two playoff appearances, in Atlanta before he was fired on May 19, after the Braves started the season 9-28.

Gonzalez replaces Lenny Harris as the third-base coach. The Marlins announced after the season that Harris, hitting coach Barry Bonds and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius would not return to manager Don Mattingly‘s staff in 2017.

Mike Pagliarulo was announced as Bonds’ replacement as hitting coach. Pagliarulo was a teammate of Mattingly’s with the New York Yankees from 1984-89.

Pagliarulo will work with assistant hitting coach Frank Menechino, who was with the club last season.

The Marlins haven’t yet named a replacement for Cornelius.

New York Mets Acquire Uribe from the Atlanta Braves

Juan Uribe is bringing some offense to the New York Mets….

The team finalized a deal with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night to acquire the 36-year-old Dominican baseball player, a two-time World Series champion.

Juan Uribe

Uribe, who has primarily played third base in recent seasons, is hitting a combined .272 with eight homers and 23 RBIs with the Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers this season.

Uribe is earning $6.5 million in the final year of his contract.

Along with Uribe and Kelly Johnson, the Braves are sending cash to the Mets to offset some of the remaining $3.15 million owed to the traded players.

“I feel very good because I got traded to another team that is a contender,” Uribe said through an interpreter. “I would have felt bad if I got released or sent home, so I know that I’m going to go to a good team and have the chance to be in the playoffs.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was complimentary of Uribe’s quick adjustment to the clubhouse after an early-season trade from the Dodgers. Gonzalez mentioned how Johnson’s presence would accordingly be missed by Atlanta.

“You’re getting ready to lose two guys that are really pretty good guys on our club,” Gonzalez said. “Uribe’s only been here about two months, but he fit in right away with these guys, and you’re going to miss that and Kelly’s professionalism.”

New York has been looking to bolster its anemic offense, with third baseman David Wright at least a month away from returning from spinal stenosis and left fielder Michael Cuddyer now on the disabled list with a bone bruise below his left kneecap.

García Signs Minor League Contract with the Atlanta Braves

It’s a Braves New World for Freddy García

The 37-year-old Venezuelan veteran professional baseball pitcher has reached an agreement on a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves, giving the team potential depth to its rotation, according to ESPN.

Freddy Garcia

García’s deal includes an invitation to the team’s major league spring training camp.

Garcia is 156-108 with a 4.15 ERA over 15 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Detroit Tigers.

Garcia spent the bulk of last season with the Baltimore OriolesTriple-A Norfolk club, posting an 8-3 record with a 2.84 ERA for the Tide.

The Braves acquired Garcia for cash considerations in August after a season-ending injury to Tim Hudson, and he went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances down the stretch.

Garcia pitched well enough that manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Now that Hudson has left Atlanta for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta’s projected 2014 rotation consists of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood, with David Hale also in the mix for a spot.