C Jacob Stallings
One of the biggest keys to this offseason was addressing the catcher position, and the Marlins did that with a significant trade on November 29 to acquire Stallings from the Pirates.
Appearing in 112 games with Pittsburgh in 2021, Stallings is coming off a career-year which included a .246/.335/.369 slash line with a career-high eight home runs and 53 RBI’s. Not only was Stallings impressive offensively, but the 31-year-old also won his first career Gold Glove a season ago behind the plate by throwing out 21% of baserunners, as well as not allowing a single passed ball for the year.
Stallings will takeover as Miami’s primary catcher in 2022, and will have a massive impact for the Marlins both offensively and defensively.
INF Joey Wendle
Miami made another significant trade only a day later when the Marlins acquired Wendle from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The versatile infielder is also coming off a career-year with Tampa Bay a year ago in which Wendle slashed a combined .265/.319/.422 with a career-high 11 home runs. Appearing in a total of 136 games, the 31-year-old also made his first All-Star appearance a year ago, while seeing time at third base, shortstop, and second base.
Wendle is one of the top utility players in baseball, and will likely play a similar role with the Marlins in 2022 seeing time at multiple positions.