By Ryan Gaydos @RyanGaydos on March 13, 2014
Nobody wants to be left in the dust on cutting day, but for the Miami Marlins, they will have to make some serious decisions regarding the roster. Only 25 men can be left standing in a Marlins’ uniform. Who will it be?
The Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the offseason making him a lock for the starting job. Backing him up will most likely be Jeff Mathis after doing an OK job filling in that role last season.
Platooning at this position will be Garrett Jones and Jeff Baker. Jones is having a bad Spring Training, while Baker is beginning to heat up. It is only a matter of time before Baker becomes the everyday starter.
Miami also signed Rafael Furcal in the offseason. Coming off Tommy John surgery, he will be the team’s starter. Behind him is last year’s starter Donovan Solano.
Casey McGehee will get the opportunity to start coming off a season overseas. If he can replicate his Japan League stats, Miami will have a good year. His backup will be Greg Dobbs.
Adeiny Hechavarria will get the nod in the hole for the Marlins again. He did not really have anything to lose coming into Spring Training.
Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich will field the meadow of Marlins Park. The youngsters are poised for big seasons while Brian Bogusevic will be there to backup just in case.
Jose Fernandez will get the ace nod again for Miami. Following him will be Jacob Turner, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and barring any crazy changes, Tom Koehler.
Brad Hand could make the team as the long reliever while you will see Dan Jennings, Arquimedes Caminero and Carlos Marmol a majority of the time in the middle relief slots.
Mike Dunn will get his final shot at becoming the Marlins’ main setup guy while A.J. Ramos is poised to steal that away from him. Another good season for Ramos might make him very popular in the trade market.
Miami will give the ball to Steve Cishek in the ninth. He really proved himself last season recording 34 saves and finishing a league-leading 62 games for Miami.
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