The Miami Marlins have issues to address in the offseason. Their top priority will be suring up their starting rotation.
The Miami Marlins might be able to solve a lot of their rotation problems in house. Dan Straily and Jose Urena have locked up spots in the 2017 rotation. Adam Conley has been impressive in his return to the rotation. Dillon Peters and Chris O’Grady could compete for spot in 2018.
I’ve intentionally excluded Justin Nicolino from the above.
Even if they are able to fill most of their rotation woes outside of free agency, they won’t be able to address them all.
Much of what the Miami Marlins are going to do this offseason is shrouded in mystery. Jeffery Loria is out. Derek Jeter is in. I can’t believe that is a true statement.
How Jeter and his extensive list of ownership partners choose to handle personnel this offseason is anyones guess. Considering the late season push that the club is making, tearing it down and starting from scratch seems unlikely.
Positionally, they’re mostly in the clear. The outfield is set; they’re likely the best group in Major League Baseball. Justin Bour, Dee Gordon, and J.T. Realmuto will all return. Gordon could be on the bubble, but his team friendly contract and improved play suggest he’ll be back.
The left side of the infield has question marks. JT Riddle and Miguel Rojas might duke it out for the starting shortstop role. Martin Prado is locked up for another two years and returning from injury. But with Brian Anderson ripping up the minor leagues, he could be on the move.
The Marlins won’t be heavy hitters in free agency this year. But if they’re going to spend, it’s going to be on a starting arm.
Here are five players they might target when December rolls around: