MLB 2013 Preview: Miami Marlins

Marlins are at rock bottom, so is the sky the limit in 2013? Photo: Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton/AP Terry Renna

LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2013 — The Miami Marlins had big hopes in 2012 when they moved into their new stadium. They increased their payroll from $57,695,000 to $101,628,000 while signing some of the best available free agent talent.

Then they did not play well from the start so they threw in the towel, traded a few players at the deadline, including Hanley Ramirez, and ended up in last place with a 69-93 record.

The fire sale continued into the off-season as they traded away nearly every player that was worth a lick and had a significant salary, essentially negating all of the previous year’s off-season moves. Toronto was the biggest beneficiary by obtaining Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle for Henderson Alvarez and prospects. 

Alvarez will join Ricky Nolasco at the top of a young rotation that probably won’t do much this year, especially if the Marlins decide to unload the $11 million owed to Ricky Nolasco. Giancarlo Stanton is the obvious bright spot in the offensive attack. Logan Morrison has some power and Juan Pierre can steal bases if he is able to get on base.

The Marlins should expect to have a similar year to last year. The difference this year is that by doing so, they will not be underachieving, just doing what is expected.

Marlins $11 million man, Ricky Nolasco/ AP Gene J. Puskar

Projected payroll: $38,837,000

Notable Players Out: SS Jose Reyes, 2B Emilio Bonifacio, 1B Carlos Lee, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Heath Bell

Notable Players In: LF Juan Pierre, 3B Placido Polanco, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, IF/OF Chone Figgins, RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Jon Rauch

Prospect Watch: OF Christian Yelich and RHP Jose Fernandez

Highlight Hitter: RF Giancarlo Stanton (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .286/.369/.606 41 HR/88 R/98 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Ricky Nolasco (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 12-13, 4.35, 6.47 K/9, 169.7 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Rob Brantly, 1B Logan Morrison, 2B Donavan Solano, 3B Placido Polanco, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, LF Juan Pierre, CF Justin Ruggiano, RF Giancarlo Stanton

Projected Rotation: RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Henderson Alvarez, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Jacob Turner

Projected Closer: RHP Steve Cishek

Manager: Mike Redmond

Projected 2013 Finish in NL East: 1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. TBA  5. Miami Marlins

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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