Miami Marlins 2013-14 Offseason Outlook
Miami Marlins: 2013-14 Offseason Outlook
100 losses will not happen again. That was what the organization said following the 62-100 season the Miami Marlins went through in 2013. Maybe 100 losses were not projected, but anything lower than 90 would have been overachieving. The Marlins were bad last season and now that the 2013 season is in the rear view mirror, the front office can focus on adding pieces.
After losing out on Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu to the Chicago White Sox, it does not feel like the Marlins are going to make any other sort of splash in the market. There will not be a trade involving Giancarlo Stanton, but he is arbitration eligible and will get a salary increase this season. What the Marlins need to focus on is bringing in pieces that can help the young stars progress.
Miami is going to be one of the youngest teams in baseball again next season, and the only way the young talent is going to learn is if veterans are around the club to improve their maturity on and off the field. From behind the backstop to the bullpen, there are pieces in the market that Miami can acquire to help the team.
There is no sense of a big trade coming the Marlins’ way, but you never know what can happen. Jeffrey Loria does not seem to be in a fit of rage after a poor season again, so it looks like everyone is safe for the time being.
The Marlins could look at adding another veteran catcher to the mix to add a little competition. Rob Brantly could start the season as the starting catcher, but he will have to earn it after another poor season. Miami has to be careful with bringing in more catching talent because it could hurt the progress of Brantly and J.T. Realmuto.
Miami is set at the first base position with Logan Morrison taking the reins full-time. Having Greg Dobbs around on the bench gives Miami an affordable backup.
This position is going to be important coming into 2014. There will be a competition between Derek Dietrich and Donovan Solano for the starting job. The Marlins could also add a free agent to spice up the competition. The loser between Dietrich and Solano could end up getting traded.
If Ed Lucas continues to do well going into Spring Training next season, you could see him become the starter. Miami does not need to do anything at this position, especially if they reach for Colin Moran early.
Adeiny Hechavarria is still young and progressing. An added free agent here could give Hechavarria some more experience at the position. He needs to do better.
The outfield is crowded to say the least. The only position where there could be competition is in center field because of how Jake Marisnick performed when he was called up during the season. Between him and Justin Ruggiano, Miami could look at Rajai Davis or Chris Young at that position to make things interesting.
The first four spots in the starting rotation are pretty much set. Miami could look at a solid veteran pitcher to fill the fifth spot if they do not want to go to the farm system. There is plenty of depth in free agency to sign a veteran.
Steve Cishek is an absolute stud in the bullpen and should be the Marlins' closer for the long haul. However, for the sixth and seventh innings, the Marlins need to find someone who can handle things better than Chris Hatcher or Arquimedes Caminero. Boone Logan or Joe Smith come to mind when thinking about middle relief.