2 Miami Marlins players that can't be brought back in 2024

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The Miami Marlins are trying to get into the playoffs this season. Regardless, it's never too late to start looking towards the 2024 season. There are two players that immediately come to mind when thinking about next season. For The Fish to be even better next season, it's these two players that must be shown the door. It's time to move on from these two....

The Miami Marlins need to move on from two players this off-season.

2. Johnny Cueto

The Miami Marlins made a mistake last off-season by signing starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to a contract. Luckily, that was a one-year contract for $6 million, with a $2.5 million buyout or a $10.5 million team option for next season. This contract did not age well to be honest, not even remotely.

Johnny Cueto had a disaster of a season with the Miami Marlins. Last season with the Chicago White Sox was pretty solid, as he had a 3.35 ERA/3.79 FIP, with 5.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 25 games and 158.1 innings pitched. He was worth 3.5 WAR for that performance. Things didn't go as smoothly this season...

In 2023, Johnny Cueto produced a 6.19 ERA/6.92 FIP, with 6.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 12 games and 48.0 innings pitched. Cueto lost his rotation job and ended up getting demoted to the bullpen, as he's been worth -3.0 WAR! He's getting spot starts now and he's been generally unreliable and unsuccessful.

The Miami Marlins cannot bring Johnny Cueto back for the 2024 season. Luckily, all that requires is simply buying him out after the season. There's no reason to give him a raise, and there are much cheaper depth starting pitching options that are going to be available on the open market. Let him provide another team with a negative WAR.

Johnny Cueto has been a failed signing for Kim Ng, who otherwise made good moves last off-season. She wasn't as sharp the off-season before however, as you will see with the next player on the list. Let's hope that Kim won't make any such mistakes this upcoming off-season.

NEXT: One of the worst signings in team history....