With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today for the Marlins, we take a look back at the offseason moves, or lack thereof for the team. The Miami Marlins have been all but impressive lately. They have shown signs of growth with key additions to their lineups in the past few years. Additions like Casey McGehee, Dee Gordon, Randy Wolf and this offseason signing pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to a 5-year, $80 million dollar deal. The Marlins also signed Dee Gordon to an extension of 5-year, $50 million dollars.
For once, Marlins fans don’t have to see all the young talent of the team thrown away for older players and future talent who more than likely will not work out in the long run. Keeping the core of the Marlins like Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Christian Yelich together will build chemistry in the locker room and drive them to a successful season, which let’s be honest, Miami hasn’t seen one of those years in a long time. The last time the Marlins finished above .500 in a season we have to take you back to the 2009 season in which they finished 87-75 and only 6.0 games out of first place.
Since then, it has been downhill. The closest to .500 the Marlins have gotten since moving to Miami is 77-85 in 2014, a year in they finished 19.0 games out of first place. Since that 2009 season, the Marlins have been 431-541. A disappointing stretch for a team who won 2 World Series Championships in the span of 6 years, but for once, a silent offseason could be the key to success. The franchise is moving in the walls of a ballpark that has given up the least amount of homeruns since being built and their front office is making smart choices and allow this young talent play to its full potential and hopefully a postseason bid.
Final prediction for the season is that the Miami Marlins do well making a run at the postseason, but still do not get back to .500. I give the Marlins an 80-82 record this year, but it’s a long season so anything can happen.
Sources: Miamiherald.com; ESPN.com; espn.go.com; Photos: Miamiherald.com; Photos: mlb.com