After a disappointing 2021 season for the Miami Marlins, there will be many different decisions to be made surrounding the 2022 roster in the early-days of the offseason, many of which will come in the coming weeks.
For a team that made the postseason only a year ago, the Marlins have a few notable pieces set on their roster for next season that should instantly be massive contributors, both veterans and younger players/prospects.
For the decisions that need to be made however, where do they rank on the list of priorities for the club this offseason?
What are the Miami Marlins priorities during the 2022 offseason?
Here is a short breakdown of what the Miami Marlins priorities should be during the 2022 offseason ranked from 1-5.
1. Re-Signing Sandy Alcantara
The undoubtedly ace of the Marlins staff, Alcantara entered Friday’s start with a 3.09 ERA with 49 walks and 195 strikeouts across 200.2 innings pitched in the best single-season of his young career. A free agent in 2025, the contract extension talks have been rumored so far this season, and it makes sense to extend the Marlins ace long-term this offseason.
The Marlins struggled at the position during the 2021 season using numerous options across the course of the season. If they choose to acquire a backstop in the offseason via a trade or free agency, there are multiple intriguing options should they go that route.
Jesus Sanchez should be cemented as one of the club’s starting outfielders going into the 2022 season, while Bryan De La Cruz will certainly slot-in as either a starter or fourth outfielder. There are multiple options both internally and via a trade or free agency, and will be one of the more intriguing options to follow in the offseason.
The Marlins bullpen was impressive throughout the course of the 2021 season using many different options at closer. While they could use an internal option such as Anthony Bender at closer in 2022, acquiring a proven closer is a move that makes sense.
5. Veteran Bats
Injuries caused multiple changes to the everyday lineup at different times this season. Acquiring one-to-two veteran bats makes sense not only as proven bench options, but also different options to draw a start every couple of days.
The Miami Marlins could go in many different routes to fill these positions this offseason, both internally and externally, as well as re-signing Alcantara. Which of these five should be the highest priority for this offseason however?