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5 Players Who Won’t Make Miami Marlins’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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5 Players Who Won’t Make Miami Marlins’ 2014 Opening Day Roster

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Who are the Miami Marlins? Are they a young team in the early part of a rebuild that has little or no chance to win or are they a team on the rise? It would be impossible at this point for anyone to say for certain. What we do know is that the Marlins will take shape between now and when they finalize their roster for Opening Day 2014.

Chances are they will be somewhere in-between. I think they probably will win a lot more games than last year. Though they are building somewhat from the ground up, they do have a more veteran feel in 2014 than they did one year ago. Rafael Furcal is going to make the roster for sure at second base while free agent signee Jarrod Saltalamacchia will certainly man the area behind the plate.

They will have a new look at first base and outfield superstar in the making Giancarlo Stanton is about as solid in the line-up as the Marlin is on the logo. Not everything about them is set in stone however. Quite a lot is still to be decided as with any young team. How those decisions are made could determine the final answer to the question that started this article.

Some players are certainly not going to make the roster on Opening Day however. Here are five players that will not make it out of the spring. Some are young guy still with time yet to spend in the minors. Some are veterans who will have to find a spot somewhere else to start the year. Feel free to leave a comment below if you want to add to this list or take away from it.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 - Reed Johnson

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Johnson is one of the most highly respected fourth-outfielder types in the game. He would be a good add for the Marlins if they did not have so much young talent in the outfield. They have so many good young outfielders that they could give some away for free without missing them. Johnson will fall a tad short in this atmosphere but he will land on his feet somewhere.

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4 - Jeff Mathis

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Mathis is a good veteran option as well but he will not make the cut this time around for the Marlins. Look for his stock to depend on how well he plays this season however and that will determine how and where he lands.

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3 - Brent Keys

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Keys is one of those great young outfield prospects we were talking about earlier. He will probably be in Double-A to start the season. He should hope for a spot to clear up in the next few seasons or really play his heart out between now and then.

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2 - J.T. Realmuto

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Realmuto isn't quite ready for everyday duties behind the plate for the Marlins but he is close enough that the deal they signed this offseason for Saltalamacchia pushed him certainly to begin the season in the minors.

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1 - Andrew Heaney

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Heaney is on the way to the mound in Miami and every single fan should really look forward to the day that happens. He is good right now and will be good and ready when they bring him up. For this one they need him to run a little longer in the minors however. That is partially because they have a ton of other options on the mound so there is no real need to rush their best prospect.