We are just 8 days away from Christmas and the Winter Meetings are now behind us. A bulk of the major moves are already done, but just like the Miami Marlins, teams still have unfinished business to do.
The Marlins have, unexpectedly, been active so far this off-season. The team kicked things off with the signing of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Right after that came the signings of Rafael Furcal and Garrett Jones. The team then traded the expendable and seemed like always hurt Logan Morrison for a reliever.
Even with these three moves that likely improved the Marlins offense from a year ago, the team still has it’s work cut out. It has been rumored they are still seeking a veteran bullpen arm and are still in dire need of a third baseman.
Even with work still left for the Marlins off-season, I felt like this was a great opportunity to poll the Marlin Maniac community and get a grade for the Marlins off-season so far.
The Miami Marlins made a number of moves in free agency, but all of them have limited their options when it comes to facing left-handed pitching. How can the Fish turn around this situation?
Miami Marlins ‘gambled’ by trading Logan Morrison | Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins acknowledged that trading Logan Morrison was a gamble, noting that he could enter Spring Training completely healthy and become a valuable asset for Seattle. Miami continues to be pleased with what they got back in reliever Carter Capps
Heaney poised to give Marlins lethal top of rotation | Marlins News
As if having one of the most dominant pitchers in the game in right-hander Jose Fernandez is not quite enough, the Marlins will one day welcome the very talented left-handed Andrew Heaney to their rotation.
Andrew Heaney Ready For Prime Time | Fangraphs
I’ve seen Andrew Heaney pitch several times, but the most memorable occasion was at the 2012 Big XII Baseball Tournament. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma were facing off at 9:00 am on a Wednesday. Bleary-eyed and still trying to wake up, I snagged a coffee and a breakfast burrito (not my usual ballpark fare) from the concession stands and headed down to take my seat behind home plate. Clearly, my expectations for this game were pretty low; after all, this was possibly the earliest start time many of the players had ever experienced.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The Miami Marlins have been active this offseason, and after a hundred loss season, that shouldn’t be surprising. Many of the moves that Miami has made has been strengthening positions that really struggled last year. Much of the problem last year can be attributed to the Marlins lack of experience on the diamond.
Welcome to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Let’s see, the Lou Brock Award is done, and the Silver Slugger Award is complete (with the exception of one), what can we do next?
The Marlins signed Rafael Furcal to a $3.5 million, one year deal, for the 2014 season. This may seem like a bad replay of the Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre deals from last year. Like Pierre and Polanco, Furcal is a guy that the Marlins have picked up from the “scrap heap” for cheap and they should expect nothing more than a warm body to play second base in another rebuilding year.
Early today, it was reported that the Chicago White Sox traded their highly touted closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospect Matt Davidson. Davidson is a top third base prospect who was able to put together a pretty succesful triple A campaign last season.