As we digest the aftermath of the R.A. Dickey trade, it is clear that the New York Mets are looking to build their 2013 squad with youth. A natural question to keep an eye on for the Mets is to see what their division rivals are doing in the offseason. For each of the next four weeks, the Mets 101 staff will break down a division rival's offseason plans and see what moves they are (or aren't) making to get ready for 2013. We will continue our series with a look at theMiami Marlins
Sizing up the Competition: Miami Marlins
Areas of Concern: Wallet, RP, SP, C, 2B, SS
What They've Done: The Marlins turned the baseball world upside down this offseason when they pulled off a blockbuster, payroll-dumping trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The trade sent All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays along with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio in exchange for infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick. In the middle of last season, the Marlins shipped out Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Dodgers in another blockbuster move. In total, the Marlins have traded 12 members of their 2012 Opening Day roster since July.
What’s Left to Settle: Its been a busy six months for the Miami Marlins. The dust has settled and it does not look pretty. They are done wheeling and dealing, and by wheeling and dealing I mean dumping as much salary as possible, for the offseason and the team gets ready for pitchers and catchers to report next month.
Are they Better or Worse? Way worse. You don’t trade two of your best three position players and top two starting pitchers within six months and expect to be better. When those players are Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle the loss becomes astronomical. Moreover, its a matter of “when” not “if” the Marlins are going to trade all-star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Simply put, the Marlins are bad and they’re not going to be good for a very long time.
Projected Opening Day Lineup: C Rob Brantley, 1B Logan Morrison, 2B Donovan Solano, 3B Placido Polanco, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, LF Juan Pierre, CF Justin Ruggiano, RF Giancarlo Stanton,
Starting Rotation:Ricky Nolasco, Henderson Alvarez, Wade LeBlanc, Nathan Eovaldi, Jacob Turner
Bullpen:Steven Cishek, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Daniel Jennings, Chris Hatcher, Scott Maine, Tom Koehler
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