Miami Marlins State Of The Union For 2016

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 - 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary - this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding. With a suspect ownership group I am not sure they will be bolster the club any bit.

The Miami Marlins have not had a winning season since finishing 87 – 75 in 2009. With some deft maneuvers and the right allocation of team salary – this club could contend in the NL East with Atlanta and Philadelphia both rebuilding for the next couple of years. With a suspect ownership group I am not sure they will be bolster the club any bit – which would waste away the great value they have with their players currently with Fernandez, Stanton and Gordon.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer) 

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Just what the hell are the Marlins up to this winter?  Talk about a team that has done relatively nothing.  I understand that the market isn’t the greatest however you have Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton at a ridiculous value.

This club should be spending as much money as humanly possible right now to go for it.  The Braves and Phillies are down and rebuilding – and even Washington doesn’t seem as formidable as they have in previous years.

There was so much hype after signing Stanton long-term last season that has all dissipated within the last 12 months.

The management also turned out one of the better trades last year in picking up NL Batting Champion Dee Gordon for Andrew Heaney as the best players of the deal.

For the sake of payroll, the Miami squad only has $31 MIL committed in salary this year. Yes they have 8 Arbitration Eligible players including Jose Fernandez, but this should only bump them up to the $55 MIL after that is accomplished. New Marlins Park has drawn less than 2 Million fans for the last 3 campaigns after starting the 1st year of the park's existence over.

For the sake of payroll, the Miami squad only has $31 MIL committed in salary this year. Yes they have 8 Arbitration Eligible players including Jose Fernandez, but this should only bump them up to the $55 MIL after that is accomplished. New Marlins Park has drawn less than 2 Million fans for the last 3 campaigns after starting the 1st year of the park’s existence over. If the club doesn’t beef up the Roster, they can expect more of the same at the turnstiles is South Florida.

We saw in the 1st half of 2014 that this team may be a contender.  With the way offense has come down across the league wide having an MVP candidate and a perennial Cy Young candidate may be enough to make a playoff spot.

Starting in 2018. Stanton will make north of $25 MIL for the next decade per season until his contract runs out.  Fernandez will also be a Free Agent after that time frame.

If the franchise is not going to re-sign the Cuban pitching phenom they should really explore a trade in the coming year – otherwise spend some friggin dough on the current Roster.

There is no doubt that Fernandez would command a king’s ransom for what he can bring to the table.  At 3 years of team control before he hits the open market, teams would salivate and throw every prospect they could at the Fish.

Clubs like the Cubs, Mets and Dodgers would have the wherewithal to put packages together of 5 or 6 players in order to secure his services.

Jose Fernandez came back in 2015 from Tommy John Surgery, The young phenom Right Hander enters his 1st year of Arbitration in 2016. He will have two more years of team control after next year before hitting Free Agency in 2019. If Miami doesn't spend some money in the support cast, and they have a bad 1st half in 2016 - they should consider trading him for a kings ransom starting at the Trade Deadline. You are either all in or out.

Jose Fernandez came back in 2015 from Tommy John Surgery, The young phenom Right Hander enters his 1st year of Arbitration in 2016. He will have two more years of team control after next year before hitting Free Agency in 2019. If Miami doesn’t spend some money in the support cast, and they have a bad 1st half in 2016 – they should consider trading him.

The Marlins need for Stanton and Fernandez to be healthy for an entire season in order to contend for any chance at postseason, however their young nucleus isn’t bad at all.

Dee Gordon may end up being a yearly ALL – Star representative, and Adeiny Hechavarria made nice offensive strides in the 2015 campaign – ending with a nice .281 Batting Average.

Martin Prado as about a steady professional hitter as you can find with a .291 Career Batting Average.

The club even saw nice contributions from Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto this past year.  In fact, the 8 starting positional players saw 4 of the guys hit .280 or better (Gordon .333, Christian Yelich .300, Prado .288 and Hechavarria .281) while the other 4 players were no worse than .259 (Stanton .265, Bour .262, Realmuto .259 and Marcell Ozuna at .259.)

For the last 4 guys all clubbed in double digit HRs and if Stanton played a full year – he was on pace for 50 HRs.  Bour smacked 23 big flies in just 409 AB.

Giancarlo Stanton was well on his way to cracking nearly 50+ HRs in 2015 before he suffered a broken bone in his hand to derail his season. If he can play a full year and the team has Jose Fernandez for an entire year - this club will have a punchers chance to contend.

Giancarlo Stanton was well on his way to cracking nearly 50+ HRs in 2015 before he suffered a broken bone in his hand to derail his season. If he can play a full year and the team has Jose Fernandez for an entire year – this club will have a punchers chance to contend.  Stanton began the 1st year of a 13 YRs/$325 MIL deal last season, and will still not make north of $25 MIL until the 2018 campaign.  The Fish should take advantage of his lower $ amount being paid right now by adding other players.

If Jeffrey Loria could just stay out of Ozuna’s way then maybe he could flourish like he was supposed to all along. Of course Ozuna has been the subject of many trade rumors and may not start the season in Miami anyways.

The pitching staff will could use a few new members on the Starting Staff.  Fernandez, Jarred Cosart and Tom Koehler will be at the top of the rotation, with Adam Conley and Justin Nicolino to be slated for the back, but this should be addressed either via trade or Free Agency with upgrades.

Miami has a decent Bullpen and could probably get away without a significant move to improve there.

The bench for the lineup still features Derek Dietrich who can play a lot of different positions and 41 year old Ichiro Suzuki who is just 65 hits shy of 3000.  Miguel Rojas is the Utility Infielder and Thomas Telis is the listed backup Catcher.

I am not sure that will be good enough in the National League where pinch-hitting duties are a common occurrence.

It all depends on whether they bring back a OF for Ozuna (if he is traded) to see if they might need another Outfielder to add into the mix.  There are several players they could choose.

Alejandro De Aza, Will Venable and Rajai Davis come to mind for the price point and the fact they can play all 3 positions beyond the grass.

Even a player like David DeJesus might be left in the bargain bin for grabs.

I don’t see them spending a lot of money on Starting Pitching, but maybe if they could sneak in a nice one year deal to a Doug Fister, Kyle Lohse or Alfredo Simon. They could always trade them near the deadline if they are not in the mix for a playoff spot.

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. This is the 5th year upcoming at the new stadium and the club is presently not spending enough money payroll. This man should be thrown out of the ownership chair. The team has has 8 different Managers in the last 13 years. Presently Miami has the longest playoff drought in the National League. The club last won the World Series in 2003 - which is also their last playoff berth.

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 was promised the club would compete in the New Marlins Ball Park. This is the 5th year upcoming at the new stadium and the club is presently not spending enough money payroll. This man should be thrown out of the ownership chair. The team has 8 different Managers in the last 13 years. Presently Miami has the longest playoff drought in the National League. The club last won the World Series in 2003 – which is also their last playoff berth.

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