The Miami Marlins State Of The Union – Winter 2013 + A 1 Year Look Back At MIA/TOR Trade
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @mlbreports
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
All of the guys are coming back with the exception of Qualls.
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.
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.
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Posted on November 2, 2013, in MLB Teams State Of the Unions, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged a.j. ramos, adeiny hechavarria, anibal sanchez, braves, chad qualls, christian yelich, emilio bonifacio, fred wilpon, greg dobbs, hanley ramirez, henderson alvarez, jeff mathis, jeffrey loria, jose fernandez, jose reyes, josh johnson, justin nicolino, justin ruggiano, la dodgers, mark buehrle, miami marlins, mike dunn, montreal expos, nathan eovaldi, nationals, new marlins ballpark, NL east, of Marcell Ozuna, omar infante, phillies, r.a. dickey, steve cishek, toronto blue jays, travis d'arnaud, yunel escobar. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.