As the days toward Spring Training get shorter, the Marlins likelihood of trading a player or two becomes that much greater.
If you are as excited as I am about the upcoming Major League Baseball season, then you know the Miami Marlins are only weeks away from the start of Spring Training down in Jupiter, Florida. And for the first time in the Derek Jeter era here in the Sunshine State, there is a real belief these Marlins will surprise some folks, regardless of whether this team makes the playoffs or not.
After 64 and 57 wins in the past two seasons, just getting to the 70-75 win plateau is a true reason to celebrate. The Marlins have worked this offseason to add players instead of subtracting prospects and veterans as they have done in years past.
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Spring Training report date – Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12 to the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. The first full-squad workout will be on Feb. 17.
First Spring Training game – The Marlins take on the split-squad Mets at 1:10 p.m. ET on Feb. 22 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Miami’s first Grapefruit League home game is Feb. 23 against the reigning World Series-champion Nationals (split-squad) at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Opening Day –The 2020 season for the Marlins opens at 4:10 p.m. ET on March 26 against the Phillies at Marlins Park. Mattingly enters his fifth season with Miami.
The Marlins have many questions about their lineup and how the 26-man roster will work out. The team should carry 13 pitchers again this season, which makes the reserves the team keeps more valuable. And with better talent in camp, the decisions made will be harder.
A trade or two (or three) could happen before or during Spring Training. Here are four players who may be on the move.