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The Miami Marlins State Of The Union – Winter 2013 + A 1 Year Look Back At MIA/TOR Trade

It has almost been a year since the Blue Jays and Marlins deal that saw Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Josh Johnson come to Canada - in exchange for a bushel full of prospects, Yunel Escobar and Henderson Alvarez.  Toronto suffered the same fate nearly as the 2012 Marlins - in terms of record.  All of the Miami players struggled at the MLB level, but primarily that is because they were all 1st or 2nd year players.  It will be plenty of seasons until the final verdict is handed down on this trade.

It has almost been a year since the Blue Jays and Marlins deal that saw Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Josh Johnson come to Canada – in exchange for a bushel full of prospects, Yunel Escobar and Henderson Alvarez. Toronto suffered the same fate nearly as the 2012 Marlins – in terms of record. All of the Miami players struggled at the MLB level, but primarily that is because they were all 1st or 2nd year players. It will be plenty of seasons until the final verdict is handed down on this trade.  Reyes still slashed .296/.353/.780 – and posted 113 Hits and 58 Runs in 93 Games Played the for Toronto Blue Jays.  He did miss 69 Games due to injury.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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A year has almost gone by since big blockbuster move made by the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.

In a bullet version of this story, the Miami team only finished with 7 wins less than the 2012 version of themselves, yet they have stockpiled many of young assets, and all for about a one-third of a payroll they had last year.

Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey (parlayed by throwing Travis d’Arnaud and former Marlin John Buck via trade) had average years only, and Emilio Bonifacio was eventually moved to Kansas City for bad play.

Jose Fernandez has given the Marlins fanbase a reason to look forward to the future. Fernandez should be a top candidate for NL Rookie Of The Year, and may even receive some NL CY Young Votes, with his 10 -6 record, and a sparkling 2.33 ERA in 26 Game Starts and 158.1 IP. Fernandez was picked 14th overall in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.  The 21 Year Old is under team control til 2019, and won't be eligible for Arbitration until 2016.

Jose Fernandez has given the Marlins fanbase a reason to look forward to the future. Fernandez should be a top candidate for NL Rookie Of The Year, and may even receive some NL CY Young Votes, with his 10 -6 record, and a sparkling 2.33 ERA in 26 Game Starts and 158.1 IP. Fernandez was picked 14th overall in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. The 21 Year Old is under team control til 2019, and won’t be eligible for Arbitration until 2016.

The Miami contingent of the deal didn’t fare much better, however Henderson Alvarez ended up throwing a no – hitter in his last outing of the year.

Yunel Escobar was flipped for Derek Dietrich to save another $5 MIL a year for 2013.  This was a mediocre move at best.

Jake Marisnick had an OPS of .860 in Jackson, and then saw some action with the big club.

Adeiny Hechavarria struggled at the plate in 2013, but flashed some serious leather in the field.

Justin Nicolino pitched really well in Jupiter, FLA, before being moved up to Jacksonville, where he didn’t fare so well.

Josh Johnson was absolutely abysmal – going 2 – 8, with a 6.20 ERA in 16 Game Starts during his injury plagued campaign.

Jeff Mathis had a crappy season for the Marlins, with a .181/.251/.535 Slash Line.

Anthony DeSclafani had a nice year – with a 9 – 6 Record, and a 2.65 ERA in split time between A+ Ball in Jupiter, FLA and Jacksonville (AA).

Still riding themselves of the $50 MIL in payroll was well worth the move – even though the young flock of players didn’t do so well at the Major League Level for the Marlins.

The year was a lot like that.

Assessing what Jacob Turner did for the Marlins compared to what Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante did for the Tigers.

Looking on at the progress of Nathan Eovaldi, versus the flourishing renaissance of a Hanley Ramirez.

Chances are, these guys wouldn’t have put up the same numbers with the Miami team.

The team broke camp with Jose Fernandez in a surprise move to some.  The man was filthy dominant – and should have an extended run in Florida.

To wraparound the year, they called up Christian Yelich for the majority of the second half.

Yelich will turn just 22 this offseason, and is coming off of a .288/.370/.766 year - with 69 Hits in 62 Games Played in his Rookie campaign.  Yelich, originally from Thousand Oaks, CA held a Career .886 OPS in the Minor League during his 1145 AB - and was the 13th Ranked Prospect  by Baseball America in 2013.

Yelich will turn just 22 this offseason, and is coming off of a .288/.370/.766 year – with 69 Hits in 62 Games Played in his Rookie campaign. Yelich, originally from Thousand Oaks, CA held a Career .886 OPS in the Minor League during his 1145 AB – and was the 13th Ranked Prospect by Baseball America in 2013.

Giancarlo Stanton battled injuries throughout the year, and ended with 24 HRs and 62 RBI in 425 AB in 2013.   They lost another year of team control on him though.

Veterans Juan Pierre, Justin Ruggiano, Greg Dobbs and Placido Polanco saw massive declines in their offensive output, but that was merely due to them aging.

Logan Morrison transitioned to 1st Base, and tallied only a .709 OPS, but his numbers rapidly declined towards the end of the season.

Marcell Ozuna blasted out of the gate – before tailing off at the end of the year, yet his progress is enough to be excited about his future in the OF.

The teams pitching looks really solid in going forward.  Here were the following ERA’s for the Starters:  Jose Fernandez (2.19), Nathan Eovaldi (3.39), Henderson Alvarez (3.59), Jacob Tuner (3.74), Tom Koehler (4.41) and Alex Sanabia (4.82).

The Bullpen had great efforts from Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos, Ryan Webb, Steve Cishek and Chad Qualls all had ERA’s between 2.61 – 3.15, and each appeared in over 60 Games+. ranging from 62 to 69 IP.

All of the guys are coming back with the exception of Qualls.

After drawing an attendance of 2, 219, 444 in 2012 (12th out of 16 Teams in the NL), the Marlins receded to 1, 586, 332 in 2013 (Dead Last in the 15 Team NL), and only fellow Florida team Tampa was worse at 1, 510, 300 in the MLB

After drawing an attendance of 2, 219, 444 in 2012 (12th out of 16 Teams in the NL), the Marlins receded to 1, 586, 332 in 2013 (Dead Last in the 15 Team NL), and only fellow Florida team Tampa was worse at 1, 510, 300 in the MLB.

The team did suffer one of the worst Attendance drops in the second season of a stadium, but considering the team they fielded, it is not that bad that they nearly drew 20K per home date.

Trying to have any hardcore baseball fan feel sympathy for the Miami franchise is not going to work.  They have 2 World Series in their 21 years of existence.

These guys only have 7 winning seasons in that time frame, and none since finishing with 87 Wins in 2009.

Heading into the 2014 season, Jeffrey Loria will have to start fulfilling his promise not to be an oil snake salesman.  The people of Miami do have a solid future despite the debacle that did occur in 2012 at the end of the season.

The Marlins have one of the most prolific young power hitters in the game of baseball in Giancarlo Stanton.  After this recent campaign, the about to be 24 Year Old (Nov.8/2013) has a 3 Slash Line of .265/.354/.899 - with 117 HRs and 294 RBI in 1792 Career AB.  The toughest challenge the ownership has - will be to lock up this Slugger long - term, as he has frequently commented on the direction of the franchise in a negative light.  Stanton has 3 years left of Arbitration - before he will be eligible for Free Agency heading into the 2017 season.

The Marlins have one of the most prolific young power hitters in the game of baseball in Giancarlo Stanton. After this recent campaign, the about to be 24 Year Old (Nov.8/2013) has a 3 Slash Line of .265/.354/.899 – with 117 HRs and 294 RBI in 1792 Career AB. The toughest challenge the ownership has – will be to lock up this Slugger long – term, as he has frequently commented on the direction of the franchise in a negative light. Stanton has 3 years left of Arbitration – before he will be eligible for Free Agency heading into the 2017 season.

I said at the time of that big trade, that if you just took out the sheer bad ethics the signings all invoked (when they were later traded), and looked at it from an organizational point of view I liked the move.

You signed Free Agents in Buehrle, Reyes, and turned them into many prospects that you have team control over for many more years.

The Marlins back ended both of the deals – as to not pay too much money in the 1st two years of the contracts.  Essentially, the franchise reaped the benefit of all the prospects – in exchange for a few Million spent.

This practice mirrors the building blocks for the 2003 World Series Champs, by using the Assets of the bought 1997 World Series franchise for the team.

Lord only knows what the ownership of Miami would have done, had the club competed in 2012 and beyond that, but it still looks shady to have made this preemptive strike..

I countered in the article that it is also a bad precedent to sign FA’s – only to deal them away like that.  The word travels across the league quickly.

If you want to laugh until you are sick to yourself, check out Sully’s funny article he wrote, based on Jeffrey Loria writing a letter to his own fanbase this offseason right here.

I also can’t wait to do the research on their current clubs Roster Tree.  I may even branch out to do more of a transaction history under the watchful eye of Loria as the owner.  Stay tuned for now.

The good news is that if there is ever an ownership change in Miami, than you might see what happened in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.

The Marlins have lots of talented young players coming in the next few years, I just hope the talk centers more around the player’s performance – rather than the circus off the field!

If I were them, I would add some solid Veteran Starting Pitching, perhaps an OF, and a Utility Infielder.  The club will likely have to wait another full year or two before turning the corner.

Jeffrey Loria did a number on the Expos, continues to be one of the most controversial owners in the game of baseball.  The Miami fanbase had been promised the club would compete in the New Marlins Ball Park.  After 4 months last year of a $118 Team Salary in 2012, the management pulled the plug on that active roster.  The years going by will tell us whether that was the right decision, plus if the New York Art Dealer can be true to any of his promises doled out

Jeffrey Loria did a number on the Expos, continues to be one of the most controversial owners in the game of baseball. The Miami fanbase had been promised the club would compete in the New Marlins Ball Park. After 4 months last year of a $118 Team Salary in 2012, the brass  pulled the plug on that active roster. The years going by will tell us whether that was the right decision, plus if the New York Art Dealer can be true to any of his promises doled out.  The Marlins play in a tough NL East, were perennial playoff contender resides like Atlanta, plus  a highly talented team in the Nationals, added with a forever spending Philadelphia squad – and finally the Mets have been rumored to have unlocked the cash vault – now that the Wilpons have figured out their portfolio.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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