Miami Marlins: What would the 2022 Opening Day roster look like right now?
By Matt Melton
After taking an early look and predicting what the Miami Marlins 2022 Opening Day roster could look like back in November, how has that changed now?
Obviously a few notable moves have already been made to the roster pre-lockout as the Marlins made one big free agent signing, while also making a few significant trades. With moves at the major league level currently unable to happen because of the lockout, this presents an opportunity to take a look at the current MLB roster, and what the 2022 Opening Day roster would look like right now if no other moves were made.
What would the Miami Marlins 2022 Opening Day roster look like right now?
The starting rotation would be headlined by the familiar trio of Alcantara, Rogers, and Lopez, while the other two spots would include any two of the following group – Jesus Luzardo, Elieser Hernandez, Sixto Sanchez, and Edward Cabrera. If healthy, Sanchez is easily the No. 4 starter in the rotation, while the No. 5 spot would likely be decided in Spring Training.
The bullpen would feature a few notable names such as Floro, Bender, Bass, and Bleier, as well as right-hander Louis Head whom Miami acquired from Tampa Bay early in the offseason. The remaining spots in the Marlins bullpen would be decided from a group that features names such as Garrett, Neidert, Okert, Pop, Holloway, Poteet, and more.
Miami’s starting infield would look similar to 2021 with Aguilar (if no DH), Chisholm, Rojas, and Anderson, while Jacob Stallings would takeover as the Marlins new starting catcher. If Aguilar took over as Miami’s everyday DH, Lewin Diaz would likely become the new starting first baseman with Joey Wendle and Jon Berti as bench options, while the backup catching role would be decided between Alex Jackson, Nick Fortes, and Payton Henry.
Cemented in Miami’s starting outfield is Avisail Garcia, whom the club signed to a multi-year deal early in the offseason, while Jesus Sanchez is likely starting as well. In the third starting outfield spot would likely be Garrett Cooper, with Bryan De La Cruz serving as a versatile fourth outfielder.