In the past three days, the Miami Marlins have added utility player Jeff Baker and reliever Carlos Marmol to their roster. With both those moves, the Marlins roster is starting to become clear. The only competitions fans can look forward to in the spring will be the center field battle, the 5th spot in the rotation, and a bench role or two.
Here is my pre-spring training prediction for what the Marlins roster will look like on March 31st, when they take on the Colorado Rockies, on ESPN 2.
- Catchers: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jeff Mathis
- Infield: Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal, Adeiny Hechavarria, Casey McGehee, Greg Dobbs, Jeff Baker, Ed Lucas
- Outfield: Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, Brian Bogusevic
- Starters: Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner, Brian Flynn
- Lefty Relievers: Mike Dunn, Dan Jennings
- Righty Relievers: A.J Ramos, Tom Koehler, Carter Capps
- Setup: Carlos Marmol
- Closer: Steve Cishek
The current roster is not likely to be a contending team for the playoffs, but the talent is there for the team to improve on their 100-loss season from a year ago. The Marlins would need a few nice bounces and some unexpected help from their infielders to field a .500 team.
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Yesterday we discussed the position that was least solidified in center field. Today we look at the position that the Marlins are certainly the strongest at, right field. It is no secret that the last 12 months have been challenging for Giancarlo Stanton.