Mar 12, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez (9) heads to third base during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Houston Astros to Expand Payroll?

The only team to spend less money than the Miami Marlins last season were the Houston Astros. It’s reported that the Marlins plan on keeping their payroll right around where they had it last season ($38 million). On the other hand, the Astros are rumored to be upping their payroll could reach $60 million in 2014.

If this does happen, the Marlins would be the lowest payroll in baseball and by a good margin. That should not come as a surprise to Marlins fans, as they are well acquainted with the thriftiness of owner Jeffery Loria.

The Marlins don’t necessarily need to spend money on free agents to become contenders again, but they will be required to resign some of their top talent, including: Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich.

Rob Brantly Disappointed The Miami Marlins In 2013 | Rant Sports

After posting a near-.300 batting average in his first 31 games in 2012, Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly did not live up to the hype he set for himself this season. In fact, Brantly had such a poor season that he lost his job to Jeff Mathis and Koyie Hill at one point or another. This is not going to help Brantly’s confidence heading into 2014.

Jose Abreu: What exactly would the Cuban sensation bring to the Marlins | Fishstripes

A potentially huge asset could be making his way to Miami as the Marlins have expressed a serious amount of interest into Cuban defector Jose Daniel Abreu. The only question that still remains is whether or not that Miami will be willing to exceed their payroll to be able to acquire the power-hitting sensation.

2013 Marlins Season Review: Ed Lucas | Fishstripes

Ed Lucas found his way into the majors and became the latest minor league journeyman project for a desperate Miami Marlins team. In the end, he played well enough to earn a roster spot, but not a starting job.

Unsure of future, Pierre grateful for stints with Marlins | Marlins News

If 2013 is indeed the end of Juan Pierre‘s MLB career, the veteran Marlin is prepared to walk away with no regrets.

Morrison begins partnership with Cancer Center | Marlins News

With family recently, Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison watched a highlight DVD of his 2010 rookie season.

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Miami Marlins Season Review: Preseason Bold Predictions Gone Wrong

Making bold predictions prior to the beginning of the Major League Baseball series has always been something I enjoyed. I am hardly right when it comes to these predictions, but they are fun to make either way.

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