Miami Marlins: What would you do if you were the GM?

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a dynasty this offseason. What would you do if you were in charge of the decision making?

This year, all of the FanSided baseball websites have teamed up to do something very cool. Each site expert will be acting as the General Manager for their team this offseason, and they’ll wheel and deal to try and position their club for 2018. I’m acting as the Miami Marlins GM.

Negotiations between myself and the other ball clubs is already underway. There will be a 72-hour window in which the deals can be executed at the end of November. As it stands, I’m planning of following the Miami Marlins actual offseason plan fairly closely.

As part of the Miami Marlins community, I want your input! Reach out to me on Twitter and tell me what you’d like to see the Marlins do this offseason.

As it stands, the plan is fairly similar to what the Miami Marlins will be doing in real life. If reports of Jeter cutting payroll into the $90 million range are to be believed, big changes are underway. It might be a recipe for short-term woes, but if the right deals are made, the Marlins could find success akin to that of the Houston Astros.

Let’s quickly review what the plan is for this offseason, and you can follow the embedded tweet below and tell me if/why you agree/disagree:

The plan

Trade Giancarlo Stanton. In exchange I’m seeking a team who will be willing to take on the entirety of his salary and return one of MLB’s top pitching prospects. Beyond that, I want a couple more pitching prospects that are in the organizations top 30.

Trade Dee Gordon. It hurts, but it has to happen. And I believe he’ll be able to net a respectable return. Looking for another top tier pitching prospect, and someone willing to take on his entire contract. Beyond that, maybe an MLB caliber prospect, but likely not a star.

Trade Martin Prado. This is proving to be the most difficult to do in the fake world, as I suspect it will be in the real world as well. Prado will be a tough sell, but he has value, and there should be a taker if I’m willing to sell low and eat some of his contract.

Bullpen projects to stay the same. I’m not looking to move anybody in the pen unless it’s Brad Ziegler or Junichi Tazawa. I don’t anticipate a market materializing for them, but if it does, I’ll pull the trigger.

Planning on trying to bring in another MLB quality outfielder, and having Braxton Lee slide in as the fourth outfielder. He would be filling the spot once occupied by Ichiro. Maybe find a right handed speedster to platoon with Lee at the plate.

Let me know what you think

Communicate with me via my Twitter page and let me know what you think. This is a pretty cool thing all of the site experts have put together, and I want your input. I can’t promise everything you suggest will happen, as I am also at the mercy of the other GM’s, but let’s chat about it!

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