Miami Marlins made some interesting roster decisions

Anthony Bender
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Miami Marlins are succeeding in trades so far this off-season and there are interesting lineup projections for you to take a look at. The Fish just made some roster moves that we're going to take a look at today. These moves are not going to affect the season that much, but are informative on how the team is looking at starting the upcoming season.

The Miami Marlins just made some roster changes.

Anthony Bender is going on the 60-day IL. He received Tommy John Surgery last August and will likely miss the entire 2023 season. Bender debuted in 2021 and delivered a 2,79 ERA/3.19 FIP with 10.4 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 60 games and 61.1 innings pitched. This was an impressive debut and he even got 3 saves that season.

In 2022, Anthony Bender delivered a 3.26 ERA/4.77 FIP with 7.9 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 22 games and 19.1 innings pitched. He got 6 saves that season as he was briefly the team's closer, but his strikeout and walk rates both declined and his FIP and ERA got worse as well. I assume that this was sue to a torn ligament that of course led to him getting Tommy John Surgery.

The other roster move that the Miami Marlins made is to select IF/OF Garrett Hampson to the Major League roster. Hampson can play second base, CF and SS. He played from 2018-2022 with the Colorado Rockies and is moving on to a new team for 2023. Hampson batted .235/.296/.370 in 419 games and 1158 AB with 26 home runs and 90 RBI. Hampson's best season came in 2021 when he batted .234/.289/.380 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 147 games and 453 AB. He was worth 0.7 WAR.

Garrett Hampson was worth a surprising 0.3 WAR for his whole career and peaked with that 0.7 in 2021. How did his career WAR turn into a negative? He was worth -1.1 WAR in 2022 after batting .211/.287/.307 with 2 home runs and 15 RBI in 90 games and 199 AB. He's currently batting .222/.250/.333 in 11 games and 27 AB during Spring Training.

Next. Get ready to look at the division differently.... dark