The Miami Marlins have had a disappointing season, and they’ll be the first to admit it. They made some splashes this off-season by signing Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle and trading for Carlos Zambrano.
The Marlins did it wrong, sure you can sign a few superstars and have a really good season like the Yankees in 2009, but the problem is the pieces have to gel together as a whole and the Marlins didn’t have that. Hanley Ramirez stopped hitting and though I think he will again with the Dodgers that might have not happened if he stayed in Miami, reason being he needed a new start under new coaches and management somewhere else to motivate him like he was in 2006-10.
The Marlins also gave up pieces that were doing good in Anibal Sanchez, Randy Choate, and Omar Infante but they got some good prospects and young players who fit the team very well, so all in all that was worth it. They traded Edward Mujica, a good reliever for Zach Cox, who was once a highly regarded prospect and still is very good, and they needed a future third baseman before the trade, they have one now and he’s good only for the cost of a bullpen arm that can be replaced. Gaby Sanchez was a fan favorite and had some good seasons, but he wasn’t hitting and he’s not a for sure candidate to turn it around, although he can. The Marlins got Gorkys Hernandez, a speedy, exciting and all-around good outfielder who can help the Marlins out right now.
The Marlins probably won’t have a winning record this year, but I think given the fact they’re building a team that should be good they could have success as early as 2013, but I think 2014 is the most realistic time for contention. They have a core of Buehrle, Johnson, Stanton, Morrison, Reyes, and Cishek moving forward and put together with some of the prospects in the trades and a few signings or trade of veteran players that fill holes or make the team better can lead the Marlins to another playoff berth and possibly beyond. Another note is I have seen Donovan Solano a bit now and I think he can stick around in the MLB and help the Marlins, adding another piece.
The Marlins have even found a good back-up outfielder in Justin Ruggiano who can help now and in the future. Projected 2015 Line-Up
- SS Jose Reyes
- 2B Emilio Bonifacio
- CF Christian Yelich
- RF Giancarlo Stanton
- 1B Logan Morrison
- 3B Zack Cox
- LF Gorkys Hernandez
- C Rob Brantly
Bench C JT Realmuto OF Marcell Ozuna IF Donovan Solano OF Justin Ruggiano OF Jesus Solarzano
- SP Josh Johnson
- SP Mark Buehrle
- SP Jose Fernandez
- SP Jacob Turner
- SP Nate Eovaldi
Bullpen is pretty unpredictable but the Marlins have lots of good arms and could make some nice signings and trades.
By: Niklas Jarvinen (@Niktigs)