What looked like it was going to be a Halladay-led rout turned into a pretty good game last night, despite the final score. Monday’s frozen bats thawed, and Giancarlo Stanton notched #34. Not a bad tally, considering the near-zeros in April and July. It’s probably safe to say that he’s got a pretty good shot a starting job next year. But what about the rest of this year’s crew? Following is the humble opinion of yr. obt. svt.:
Josh Johnson: He hits free agency in 2014, and had a decent year. He’s not going anywhere.
Ricky Nolasco: Also under contract through next year. Will likely hang up his spikes as a Marlin.
Mark Buehrle: Definitely locked up, and was an overall asset this year.
Jacob Turner or Carlos Zambrano: Turner is locked up through 2013, and looking like a solid back-of-the rotation guy, despite his youth. Big Z might steal his thunder if he puts in some hard off-season work.
Nathan Eovaldi or Wade LeBlanc: Not under contract next year. My guess is the Ozzie will abandon the six-man rotation next year and Eovaldi gets the nod, as long as he can develop his changeup against lefties.
Heath Bell: Staying, damnit. Too much money invested in him. However, there may come a point that his inconsistency becomes too much for Loria to bear.
Wade LeBlanc: He has done well this year, and may stay with the team if he’s cheap enough and willing to stay in the bullpen
Steve Cishek: Has done very well this year. I see him as the 2013 closer.
Mike Dunn: Solid bullpen guy, and a reliable LOOGY.
Chad Gaudin: Another bullpen journeyman.
Ryan Webb: Again, not stellar, but able to keep his head up late in the game.
John Buck: Locked up through 2013. It’s a problem, because his bat just doesn’t deliver. .133/.224/.217 in July, and .333/.409/.579 in August. has 3 hits and 1 RBI so far in September.
Rob Brantly: Very promising young catcher, but needs to learn more about the position and mature at the big league level. I suspect his sophomore season will be an excellent one. Once Buck’s contract runs out, the platooning we’ve seen this year will end, and Brantly will be the starter.
Logan Morrison: I don’t think we’ll re-sign Carlos Lee. He’ll want a multi-year contract, and he’s a little long in the tooth for that. Morrison is a bit of a loose cannon with an inconsistent bat, but I think that if his knee is pain-free, he’ll hit better. He just doesn’t have the wheels or the arm for the outfield. If we do re-sign Lee, I’d prefer to see Morrison traded.
Donovan Solano: Solano or Bonifacio? There are arguments to make about Bonifacio at second and center, but I think Solano is the better fit for the right side of the middle.
I honestly don’t know. Kevin Youkilis?
Jose Reyes: ‘Nuff said.
Justin Ruggiano: His bat has been a godsend this year, and I think his star is on the rise.
Emilio Bonifacio: Awesome speed to cover a large center field and to steal many, many bases. Between Reyes and Bonifacio, I see the Marlins owning the stolen base record again next year.
Giancarlo Stanton: ‘Nuff said, part II.
These are my thoughts on the subject, and I’d enjoy hearing contrary thinking. Maybe we can turn this into a running thread, and post a fan consensus just after the winter meetings?