Projecting The Miami Marlins 2013 Defense
However, the Marlins did not even get to play one exhibition game with Escobar on the team as they sent him to the Tampa Bay Rays for second base prospect Derek Dietrich. The Marlins are entirely different cosmetically and before spring training even begins, you will get to learn a little bit about each player and what they did last season.
This slideshow contains the new-look Miami Marlins club. There is no Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson, Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell or even the charismatic Ozzie Guillen. There is, though, Giancarlo Stanton, Rob Brantly, Donovan Solano and new manager Mike Redmond.
There were a bunch of moves that left the Marlins fans in shambles. The ownership is under fire and speculation is that Jeffrey Loria could sell the team, at least that is what the executives around baseball hope. Loria needs to start spending money to help this ball club or there may not be a Marlins team around the downtown Florida area much longer.
Catcher: Rob Brantly
The Marlins traded away John Buck in November, which left Rob Brantly as the catcher of the Marlins' immediate future. Brantly was acquired from the Detroit Tigers last season and played in 31 games for Miami as Buck struggled mightily. Brantly batted .290 and could breakout this season.
First Base: Logan Morrison
There is nothing more right now that Marlins fans would like to see than for Logan Morrison to return back to full health. After undergoing knee surgery, he may not be at the first base slot for opening day, but for now Morrison is the starting first baseman.
Second Base: Donovan Solano
Donovan Solano picked up a lot of starts at second base when Omar Infante was traded away. Solano is bakc for the Marlins and will start at second opening up the 2013 season. Whether that is good or bad right now is unknown.
Third Base: Placido Polanco
Placido Polanco was signed by the Marlins in the offseason to fill the whole that was left in the Hanley Ramirez trade in July. Polanco has spent the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Shorstop: Adeiny Hechavarria
The Marlins got younger in the offseason in many positions especially at shortstop. Adeiny Hechavarria played in 41 games for the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to Miami. He will get his shot in his first full season in the bigs.
Left Field: Juan Pierre
Juan Pierre rejoins the Marlins after spending the last few seasons between three teams. Pierre was on the 2003 Marlins World Series team and hopes to reignite the spark in the young Fish.
Center Field: Justin Ruggiano
If there was one bright spot out of the abysmal Marlins 2012 campaign it was the late season play of Justin Ruggiano. Ruggiano played in 91 games and hit 13 home runs filling in the injured Marlins outfield.
Right Field: Giancarlo Stanton
The disgruntled Giancarlo Stanton returns to the Marlins outfield and should only be focused on doing whatever he can to help this team win. Stanton is the heart and soul of the ball club and if he really wants out of Miami, he has to make himself look good.