The Marlins outfielders’ bats were silent in the postseason, including the former cleanup hitter Bryan De La Cruz, who batted 1-for-6 in the Wild Card Series. De La Cruz has been on a steady decline after his rookie season. This year, he led the team in strikeouts with 142. Marlins would have to weigh his performance in spring training and move on from him.
Jesus Sanchez and Garret Hampson finished with a 1.6 and 1.3 WAR, respectively. They will provide quality at-bats in the lower half of the lineup. Jazz Chisholm has been battling injuries the past two seasons and is due for a breakout year. The centerfielder underwent toe surgery earlier this month. He is expected to be out for three months before resuming regular baseball activities. When healthy, Jazz can provide good depth in the middle of the order. He finished the 2023 campaign with a 1.2 WAR.
With Alcantara out for the 2024 season and without knowing what a 37-year-old Johnny Cueto can bring to the table, the Marlins have to rely on a young rotation. There are two options for the Marlins when it comes to their rotation. They can either fill up their rotation with young arms or sign a low-AAV arm from the plethora of free agents.
Jesus Luzardo had his best season yet, striking out a career-high 208 batters. The six-foot lefty has a great, commanding fastball and throws a devastating changeup to follow it up. He saw a career-best in wins and innings pitch. He will likely be the ace in the rotation next year.