The Miami Marlins are pursuing past their prime players (also known as the “wrong Turner”), while the rest of the division is signing up stars. What’s going on? What happened to us pursuing elite bats this off-season? Was it all just empty talk? Are The Fish actually going to sign anyone? Trade for anyone? The off-season has been going on for a while now and so far nothing has really been done by us on the player front. So, what’s going on?!
The Miami Marlins need to add bats this off-season.
Last night, the Chicago Cubs signed CF Cody Bellinger to a 1 year/$17.5 million deal. I wrote about the Miami Marlins pursuing him before, but it hasn’t happened. The former MVP level player trailed off in recent seasons due to shoulder problems, so you can make an argument that it was smart not to pay him that much. The thing is he’s also a good defensive CF and we kind of need that right now to say the least.
The price was high for one year, so I can somewhat let this one slide, but still. Bruce Sherman can afford to upgrade the team, and if he truly feels that he can’t, then he needs to sell the team before he hurts the fanbase and the market further. MLB needs to then make sure that the market is protected, as nothing hurts it more than bad ownership decisions. The Miami market should be one of the most profitable in the game, so there’s no excuses for low payrolls and inactivity.
Speaking of inactivity, the Miami Marlins watched SS Trea Turner sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. I have my doubts over the deal being a good one, considering its length (11 years!!!!), it doesn’t change the perception that our division rivals are spending and we’re just sitting on our hands doing nothing. The Fish need to be in on the top free agents, and there’s simply no excuse as to why this isn’t happening.
The off-season is still young, but the current results aren’t looking particularly promising for the Miami Marlins so far. Changes need to be made if we have another quiet off-season when improvements are so vital to team performance.