Jun 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielderMichael Morse
(38) during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
2015 (with Steamer projections)
First Base: Mike Morse – .264/.319/.445, 16 HR
Second Base: Dee Gordon – .281/.322/.348, 2 HR
Third Base: Martin Prado – .283/.329/.408, 11 HR
Shortstop: Adeiny Hechavarria – .260/.295/.324, 2 HR
Catcher: Jarrod Saltalamacchia – .238/.322/.403, 12 HR
The Marlins infield is, at least on paper, much improved over last year’s edition. Morse and Prado are signed through 2016 and Gordon is under club control for the next four years. While Morse and Gordon are projected to regress some on offense, they still represent upgrades over Garrett Jones, who was traded to the Yankees, and Donovan Solano, who will compete for a super utility role.
Constant roster turnover is not a recipe for making the postseason. It’s no coincidence that the ever-changing Marlins haven’t made the playoffs since 2003. Here’s hoping the pieces they assembled this offseason mesh with the rest of the team — unlike the expensive 2012 squad — and the Marlins can sustain long-term success.