10 Miami Marlins Battling For A Roster Spot This Spring
Miami Marlins Have to Make Tough Choices
The Miami Marlins are coming into the 2014 season with a lot of new faces. Instead of players who will be making major money, they are role players that could contribute to more wins than the team posted in 2013. With the way the 2014 season is shaping up, 100 losses is something the Marlins will not achieve again for quite sometime, barring the erratic.
With new veterans coming into the system and taking over some roster spots, it pushes the young players back a little bit and it will make some of the roster cuts the Marlins have to make in the spring a bit harder. However, not everyone in Miami is on the hot seat. There are a handful of players that will be battling to stay on the roster when the team opens up play March 31.
There are some spots that are under fire. Miami needs to address its first base situation, backup catcher, fifth starter and most of its bullpen. A backup outfielder and a utility man is another thing Miami needs to address when spring training opens up in a few weeks.
The offseason was very good for the Marlins. The role players like Rafael Furcal and Garrett Jones the team brought in will help the team win games this season. A big name like Jarrod Saltalamacchia may help put more fans in the seat.
Combine the new guys with some of the younger players already on the Marlins roster and you have the potential for a special couple of seasons. It will be interesting how everyone responds.
10. Brian Bogusevic
Brian Bogusevic was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in the offseason for Justin Ruggiano. Bogusevic is expected to be the backup all-around outfielder this season. He needs to keep Kyle Jensen and Joe Benson at bay this spring defending his spot.
9. Arquimedes Caminero
Arquimedes Caminero is in line to be a middle reliever for the Marlins. His shaky 2013 is something Miami should consider when they evaluate him in spring. He finished with a 2.77 ERA in 13 games for Miami but will have to beat Henry Rodriguez and others for a spot.
8. Derek Dietrich
Derek Dietrich was going to battle Donovan Solano to start at second base in 2014. However, that was before Miami signed Rafael Furcal. Dietrich now will have to fight to get a roster spot. He did not have a good first year for Miami and it looks like he will bow out of the running for a roster spot and spend more time in the Minor Leagues in 2014.
7. Greg Dobbs
Greg Dobbs has been the organization's go-to guy to fill in spots around the diamond when injuries rattle the team. However, he will have competition this year after the team signed Ty Wigginton a few days ago. This competition will be interesting because both players can play the same spots. This battle will go down to the wire.
6. Tom Koehler
Tom Koehler will be in line to get a shot at the No. 5 spot in the Marlins' pitching rotation. He was 5-10 in 29 games last season. He started 23 of the 29 games. His 4.41 ERA in his first full season with Miami is something to worry but because he is young, it gives him an advantage against the competition that he faces.
5. Ed Lucas
Ed Lucas had a good shot to start at third base for the Marlins in 2014. His .321/.337/.452 split at the end of the season really gave him a boost in the eyes of the organization. However, Miami signing Casey McGehee in the offseason negated his shot at starting and now he will battle to stay on as a backup.
4. Jake Marisnick
The center field spot may be a lock in some people's eyes, but Jake Marisnick will do his hardest to try and knock off Marcell Ozuna for the spot. However, Marisnick looks like he needs more seasoning in the Minors before he gets his full shot at the Majors.
3. Jeff Mathis
As of right now, Jeff Mathis is projected to be the backup catcher for Jarrod Saltalamacchia opening up the season. Depending on the development of Rob Brantly, that role could quickly change. Mathis was brought back on a one-year deal for Miami. He had a good year defensively as the team's main starter once Brantly was optioned back to the Minors. The 10-year veteran will look to secure the backup job in spring.
2. Henry Rodriguez
Henry Rodriguez was also brought in on a Minor League deal this offseason. Rodriguez will be able to compete for a bullpen spot but he will have to go through Dan Jennings and Chris Hatcher among others in spring to get there.
1. Kevin Slowey
Kevin Slowey was brought back by the Marlins on a Minor League deal in the offseason. He will be looking to get back to form as the team's fifth starter as well. Slowey will be competing against Tom Koehler among others. This season he could hit his stride and return to his younger form after going 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA in his first season back in the big leagues.
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