Miami Marlins RTD: Best, Worst Moves of Offseason?
By Ehsan Kassim
Nov 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton listens during a press conference at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
2. What was the Marlins best move of the offseason?
Kassim: Easy, signing Giancarlo to his extension set the wheels in motion for what the club did the rest of the offseason. Stanton taking a major paycut the first six years of the deal was a major win for the Marlins as well.
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Zylberkan: I’m not counting the Giancarlo Stanton extension because honestly they had no choice but to lock him up long term. So the best move was the trade with the Yankees that landed us Martin Prado. There was a lot of talk earlier this off-season about the Marlins pursuing Chase Headley. Martin Prado is clearly just as good an option over Headley having slashed .282/.321/.412 with 10 DRS since the 2012 season. Prado will easily be the best player in the Marlins infield in 2015
Lepree: Signing Giancarlo Stanton. Obvious choice in my opinion. Everyone said they couldn’t do it, but they managed to lock up their superstar for a long time. Plain and simple, this team goes as far as Giancarlo takes them. The money looks crazy, but before the opt out it’s actually a team friendly deal.
Honeycutt: Best move: Signing Stanton for 13 years, $325 million. Even if it’s a classic Marlins back-loaded contract, he’s still virtually guaranteed to be with the team for six years at the very least. And Stanton really is that “once in a generation” hitter that you just can’t let walk in free agency or trade away. Not even Jeffrey Loria is that stupid. A lot can change between now and 2020 (his opt-out year), so right now I’m calling the Giancarlo contract a big win.
Murrell: The best move was definitely the Stanton extension. It’s sort of nuts how the biggest contract signed by a North American player will most likely be one that is fair market value, but that’s what happens when you buy a player’s prime years rather than his post-prime years, as most large contracts do. The deal keeps the team’s most important piece in Miami for potentially a very large time, ultimately making Miami a more attractive place for free agents to sign.
Posada: The Latos deal. I’m a Latos fan, so I’m a bit biased, but this was a great deal. Injuries slowed him down last year, yet he still sports a career 3.34 ERA, playing the last three seasons in Cincy’s launching pad, Great American Ballpark (ranked by ESPN as the fourth best ballpark for hitters). Now he gets to pithc in a pitcher’s haven. He easily slides in as the #1 starter until Fernandez returns.