Just one year removed from the pandemonium of the 2011 winter meetings where the Miami Marlins shocked the baseball world by signing multiple top free agents, the club is starting over from scratch. The Marlins did not see their situation improving with superstars such as Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson, so they were quickly shipped off to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Other players such as Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell were also traded in efforts to get rid of salaries after a horrible 2012 season when there were such high expectations. The club will try to regroup with a lower payroll in 2013 and hope to win back the hearts of fans that invested so much into the new look of the Marlins.
It won’t be easy considering that after just one season, owner Jeff Loria–who just built a new stadium with taxpayer dollars–blew up the team and wanted to start over. The team looks a little different with only one big member of last year’s team being back: Giancarlo Stanton, the young right fielder who has quickly become the face of the franchise. He could be the only reason why fans come back to games this next year.
Stanton, who hit .290 with 86 RBI’s and 37 home runs for the Marlins in 2012, will be the main attraction without a doubt in Miami. The Marlins can only hope that they have struck gold with the 23-year-old because they franchise just might be riding on it.
They will have some new faces such as Placido Polanco, who will bring some veteran leadership to the team, and Yunel Escobar, who should bring some great talent to a team that is in dire need of some. Without a doubt the Marlins will struggle in 2013 and they will have a long road ahead of them to get back into contention in the very tough National League East Division.