3 Players that won't be on the Miami Marlins by the end of 2023
There is a very interesting opportunity for the Miami Marlins next off-season, by that time though three current players may no longer be on the team. Before we get into this list, make sure that you read Kim Ng's very interesting interview about this off-season and her thoughts and plans based on how it went. So, who are these three players? These are players that will be affected if The Fish aren't going to the playoffs this upcoming season or if they simply fail to bounce back. Let's begin...
There are three players that could be gone from the Miami Marlins by 2024.
1. SP JOHNNY CUETO
Johnny Cueto was a solid signing for the Miami Marlins. Cueto had a 3.35 ERA/3.79 FIP in 158.1 innings pitched in 2022 with 5.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9. The strikeout rate was pretty poor and the age is definitely a concern (he is 37 years old). All of that said, he is a very experienced starting pitcher who can provide decent results 9as proven just by his 3.35 ERA from 2022). Cueto will be making $6 million in 2023 and there's a team option for 2024 for $10.5 million. A team option is ideal here as it means that The Fish can just decline it and move on if he struggles in 2023, and can only pick it up if he has a strong season.
Johnny Cueto has a pretty strong track record. He had a 3.27 ERA/3.87 FIP with 7.4 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 1208.1 innings pitched during 2008-2014 with the Cincinnati Reds. That was a pretty good run, and he made a name for himself while proving to be a top of the rotation arm. Cueto split 2015 between Cincinnati and the Kansas City Royals, pitching to a 3.44 ERA/3.53 FIP with 7.5 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 212.0 innings pitched.
Cueto pitched from 2016 to 2021 with the San Francisco Giants, pitching to a disappointing 3.81 ERA/3.93 FIP with 7.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. The results were solid for a mid-rotation starter, but they were clearly paying for an ace, which Cueto didn't pitch as. 2022 saw Cueto have his aforementioned revival with Chicago.
I believe that the Miami Marlins will make the playoffs in 2023. I do. Call me overly optimistic, but I think that there's a chance. In the chance that The Fish do NOT make the playoffs however and if Cueto has a solid year he can be flipped at the trading deadline for prospects. In fact, if The Fish don't make the playoffs, he's GUARANTEED to be gone. He's either going to pitch good and be traded at the trade deadline or be bad and have his option declined after the season. In the case that The Fish make the playoffs and he's not that good, the option gets declined too.