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5 Players the Miami Marlins Could Sever Ties With This Offseason

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5 Players the Miami Marlins Could Sever Ties With This Offseason

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The Miami Marlins finished the 2013 season with the second worst record in all of baseball. At 62-100 there are obviously changes that need to be made for the Marlins to compete in the next couple seasons. They had a few veterans that did not work out the way they hoped and a couple prospects that did not deliver when they were called up.

On the bright side, the Marlins know they have an ace for the next five years in Jose Fernandez. He finished the season with a 12-6 record and an ERA of 2.19. He also led all of Baseball in Batting Average Against and Slugging Percentage Against. Fernandez grew stronger as the year went on but was shutdown in September due to an innings limit. In August Fernandez had an ERA of 1.15 and in September his ERA was 0.64. He also proved to be one of the better hitting pitchers in the National League batting .220 with one home run and five RBI.

The Marlins also saw promise from other young players like Christian Yelich, Marcel Ozuna, Adeiny Hechevarria, Jacob Turner and Nate Eovaldi. They are building a rotation around young pitchers that are under club control for at least four more seasons. They also found quality bullpen arms in Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and closer Steve Cishek.

With a plethora of young talent, the Marlins have some pieces that they can move in order to acquire a position of need or to try and add to the farm system. They are still in need of a third baseman, catcher, left-handed starting pitcher and right-handed reliever.

In 2014, the Marlins are not looking to make the postseason but rather improve across the board and see progression from their young players. In order to get the guys on the field they want, these five guys may end up on another roster before Spring Training.

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5. Logan Morrison

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Logan Morrison has yet to put together a full season with the Miami Marlins. He has been injured often and his production has yet to meet his ability. With this being his first year of arbitration, the Marlins may shop him and look for a young first baseman that still has six years of club control left.

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4. Ryan Webb

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Ryan Webb finished the 2013 season with a 2.91 ERA in 80.1 innings pitched as a middle reliever. With the emergence of A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero, having Webb becomes a luxury instead of a necessity. He is arbitration eligible and will probably price himself out of what the Marlins will pay a middle reliever. Look for him to be traded to a contending team for a mid-level prospect.

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3. Rob Brantly

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The Miami Marlins knew that Rob Brantly was a below average fielding catcher when they traded for him in 2012. They acquired him because he was supposed to be the guy that solved the hitting problems for the Marlins from the catcher position. His defense was worse than the Marlins thought it would be and his bat never came around. Brantly hit just .211 with one home and 18 RBI in 223 At-Bats. If the Marlins can get a decent catcher this offseason it is more likely that they get rid of Brantly and keep Jeff Mathis as a backup.

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2. Justin Ruggiano

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Justin Ruggiano finished second on the Marlins in home runs, RBI, and stolen bases. He can play all three outfield positions and would be the perfect fourth outfielder on another team. With the Marlins having Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick, they may not find it necessary to keep him in the mix. He may not attract much on the trade market, but cutting his salary may be worth it for the Marlins to get rid of him.

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1. Giancarlo Stanton

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For each of the last two offseasons there have been rumors about the Marlins dealing Stanton. If they offer him a long-term contract this year and he declines they may decide it is time to move on and get back three or four big prospects for him. If he can stay healthy he is a legitimate 50 home run guy. The Marlins have three young outfielders in Marcel Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick that all have six years of club control left. If they can get back two pitchers and a catching prospect, Stanton could find himself on the move.