Morning Marlin Maniacs, trust your Monday isn’t too troubling. As the season drifts ever closer, time to kick start the water-cooler talk of all things Marlins baseball. That brings the return of the RTD, or Round Table Discussion, to our interwebs pages.
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Once a week, the staff here at Marlin Maniac sits down to pull some questions out of a hat that concern everyone’s favorite baseball team. The answers? While those get pulled from somewhere else, we list them below for your enjoyment
Avid readers are fully encouraged to submit questions they’d like to see the staff discuss via Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments. They are also encouraged to come up with a better title than Miami Marlins RTD. But until that day of deliverance, let’s get to the Round Table Discussion.
Which Free Agent Deal Are You Most Excited About?
Sean Millerick: I’ll go for the creative answer and say A.J. Ellis. Between his track record working with pitchers, and what his presence seems to mean for J.T. Realmuto’s usage at multiple positions, I’m excited to see how that plays out. Mathis grew on me last year, but it’s hard to not see it as a major upgrade.
David Marcillo: The Brad Ziegler deal excites me the most. I think his presence in the back of the bullpen might help settle down some of the wild arms out there. As talented as Ramos and Barraclough are, imagine if they could cut their walks down. Ziegler is an experienced, poised reliever who might be able to teach a lot to our younger guys when he’s not picking up holds on the mound.
Joshua Alfonso: Nothing overly exciting; really it’s more exciting that they didn’t overspend on a closer. Edinson Volquez should be serviceable although the Marlins would be wise to set the expectations at a fair level. He is a middle of the rotation veteran pitcher and not an ace.
Kyle Rowley: I am most excited about the Edison Volquez deal. I think he is very capable of returning to his 2014 and 2015 form. The deep outfield of Marlins Park will definitely benefit his pitching style. He is a huge cog in the importance of the pitching rotation.
Eric Quinones: I’m excited about the two key additions of Ziegler and Tazawa to bolster the bullpen. They will join a pen that has Phelps, Barraclough and Ramos, which was a pretty successful trio last season. Those additions will only allow the Fish to shorten games against the opponents. It could potentially be one of the best bullpens in baseball.