Welcome to the Marlins, Don Mattingly! The offseason for the MLB is underway and Marlins Owner, Jeffery Loria, has made the first splash. The Marlins have locked up Donnie Baseball for the next four years and have also released Dan Jennings, giving Michael Hill the title of GM to go along with being the President of Baseball Operations. So what’s next for a very unpredictable Marlins Franchise and owner Jeffery Loria?
Maintaining their young core long term. Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich were extended last year and I would love to see two more extensions this year. The first few players that come to mind are Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon, AJ Ramos, and Adeiny Hechaverria. In order to build a winning team, we need to create sustainability in the clubhouse.
What are the plans for Marcell Ozuna? In my opinion, if the Marlins can get a pitcher with some upside such as Carlos Carrasco, or Lance McCullers, the front office needs to make the move. They need to put the stakes up high and see what they can get- otherwise, they should hold onto Ozuna and see what he can do in the first half.
The free agent market. How much will the Marlins spend this offseason? The only true need I see here is a starting pitcher to backup Jose Fernandez. I would say their choices include: Brett Anderson, Yovani Gallardo, Edwin Jackson, John Lackey, and Tim Lincecum. My preference would be Scott Kazmir, due to the fact that Marlins lack a quality lefty in the rotation. If Ozuna is traded, they will also need a centerfielder, and I think I speak for all Marlins fans here saying, Yoenis Cespedes needs to be the man!!
Platoon for Justin Bour? There is no reason the Marlins should look for a starting 1st Baseman, as Justin Bour has won that job fair and square. If anything, it would be nice to have a right handed bat to come off the bench, and occasionally platoon for Bour. Those choices would include: Kyle Blanks, Mark Reynolds, and Sean Rodriguez. I like Sean Rodriguez due to his ability to play multiple positions and the fact that I am 100% set on Bour (lets just warn the coolers).
Relief Pitchers: For the closer, I would love to see Carter Capps get a chance! And as a dreamer, I would really really really love to have Aroldis Chapman. That won’t happen though, because the Marlins don’t have the prospects. One need of their pen is to obtain a quality left-handed reliever, as all they have is the nerve-racking Mike Dunn. Options include: Jerry Blevins, Eric O’Flaherty, Neal Cotts, and Matt Thorton. My choice would be O’Flaherty.
You never know what will happen with a Marlins offseason. I just hope that the front office holds onto Realmuto, Bour, Gordon, Hechaverria, Stanton, Yelich, Fernandez, Alvarez, Koehler, Nicolino, Conley, Capps, and Ramos! In my opinion, that is our future, but hey, I’m not the GM or owner!