For all the success that they had during the 2013 season, the Miami Marlins still didn’t win that much and actually lost 100 games. There are a ton of good things going on for the team with young stars coming into the prime of their careers and such as that but they still will need a ton of help to compete. This help should be available because their payroll is going to be so low that it is ridiculous.
They will likely retain six players that are going to get raises through salary arbitration. That could mean a lot of money but not for this team. The Marlins will only likely have to spend a little over 13 million dollars on those players. They include some of the best on the roster like Steve Cishek, Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is likely to be the highest paid player on the team at around and just under $5 million according to MLBTraderumors.
On the surface this should be very encouraging. What could be better than a payroll so low that the team can sign plenty of free agents? They wouldn’t even have to sign the second rate ones if they didn’t want to. So why is the city not excited about the Marlins going out to spend money on free agents? I think every Marlins fan knows exactly what to be worried about and that is the odd behavior of their owner.
The good news is that you never know what to expect from these money men. It is possible, however unlikely that the Marlins could wind up with a couple of free agents if the big guy decides to shell out some cash. We’ll see what happens but if he doesn’t sign free agents, it won’t be because he doesn’t have the payroll room.