In a few weeks, the MLB offseason begins and one of the managements that will follow closely in its footsteps will be the Miami Marlins. The Florida team has been hinting at good things since last season and everything seems ready to form a more solid squad with the arrival of some figures, who join a base that has more experience and is already consolidated.
Let’s first talk about what they already have on their payroll and what makes them competitive in one of the toughest division in baseball. There is good starting pitching with Sandy Alcantara, rookie Trevor Rogers, Pablo Lopez and the still promising Jesus Luzardo. This group is joined by young arms such as those of Edward Cabrera and Sixto Sánchez, who are among the most prominent in the universe of promises in pitching.
Among everyday players, the Marlins have two players who have the wood to be stars at the highest level: Jesús Sánchez and Jazz Chilhom. The two of them will have the possibility of building a long career in the organization if they ratify the good they did in 2021. They are joined by a brood of veterans who keep the competitiveness alive in Miami: Miguel Rojas, Jesús Aguilar, Brian Anderson and Garrett Cooper, among others.
With this human group that they have in Miami, it is not enough to compete. But it is a solid base to finish assembling the puzzle. They have 3 reliable starters, with one that can be an ace; the center line is almost complete – they would lack a center fielder and a receiver who shares responsibilities with Jorge Alfaro – and there is power in Aguilar, Anderson and Cooper.
What are they missing? That is what we will try to answer.
Well the media in Miami says that the Marlins are going to look for a couple of outfield players in the exchange market or in free agency. It is a logical move. With two good specialists of the position they can form a corps of patrols that contributes in the attack. This is where they have to gamble, we consider.
Getting a couple of potentially dangerous bats would give his lineup a different side. Options to meet these goals are: Tommy Pham, Nick Castellanos if he leaves his contract and goes to free agency, Michael Conforto, Avisaíl García.
Another department that needs to be improved is the relay department, one of the key parts for a team to be a winner in baseball. This is a slightly easier task because relievers are generally not that expensive and are generally signed on short contracts. Again, the creativity of the team led by Derek Jeter will be important to fill this gap.
On defense you also have to advance: improve the fielding average and place it above the league average (in 2021 they registered .979, the lowest of the 30 teams). Here they will have the last word what they achieve to reinforce the inner picture and the new faces in the gardens. They have to be players with a good glove.
Beyond these necessary additions, the Marlins have another task and come out with determination to fight in a competitive zone for a place in the playoffs. Hopefully injuries respect them and can have the majority of their group healthy for next year. In a few weeks we will see how they are launched on the market. The years of balancing finances are over. Now they must spend a little more.