Miami Marlins should finally have infield stability

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Jul 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano (left) greets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right) after Hechavarria turned the double play in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park. Marlins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have lacked stability and “franchise players” at most positions in the field over the last several seasons. With the exception of Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins don’t have a starter at any position that has been with the team since before the 2013 season.

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This offseason, the Fish were very active in both the trade and free agency markets and as a result vastly reshaped the look of their infield. Heading into the 2015 season, Miami will have new faces at first, second and third base surrounding incumbent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The additions of Martin Prado, Dee Gordon and Mike Morse are improvements over what Miami fielded at those positions last season and they all figure to be cogs in the Marlins lineup for at least the next few years. Add to that the team’s excellent outfield of Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Stanton, and Miami has an above-average projected lineup and multiple years of club control over nearly every starter.

Assuming everyone stays healthy, this stability will be a relatively foreign sensation for Marlins fans. By now fans have probably gotten used to seeing many, many different names on Mike Redmond‘s lineup cards. It’s been a while now since the Florida Marlins’ diamond featured long-time staples Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Gaby Sanchez each night.

With the team set to break camp in just over a week, let’s take a look back at the revolving door that has been the Marlins infield for the last few years, starting in 2011.