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2014 Outlook: Miami Marlins

Jan 20, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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2013 record: 62-100, 5th place in NL East
Manager: Mike Redmond, 2nd season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $40 million
Key additions: C Jarrod Saltalamaccia, 1B/OF Garrett Jones, IF Rafael Furcal, 3B Casey McGehee
Key losses: 1B Logan Morrison, OF Justin Ruggiano, OF Chris Coghlan

Projected lineup
2B Rafael Furcal
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Garrett Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
3B Casey McGehee
SS Adeiny Hechavarria

Projected rotation
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nathan Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Tom Koehler

Top relievers
CL Steve Cishek
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos

Biggest questions entering 2014
1. Can they score runs? The Marlins made a few surprise moves this offseason in bringing in veterans like Saltalamacchia and Jones. They shouldn’t transform the Marlins into a juggernaut, but they will give them some much-needed experience and depth. Surrounding guys like Ozuna and Yelich with vets should help their development and make the Marlins more formidable top to bottom.

2. Will Giancarlo Stanton stay healthy? Last year Stanton appeared in just 116 games due to a hamstring strain, the second consecutive season he’s missed significant time with injuries. Even while hurting, and even while surrounded by one of the worst lineups in the majors, Stanton still clubbed 24 home runs last year. He saw his average and slugging percentage dip to career-lows, but was still effective. If he’s healthy he should once again be among the best sluggers in the game.

3. When will Andrew Heaney debut? Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: the Marlins have one of the best prospects in baseball. Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft, is considered the best lefty pitching prospect in the game. The 22-year-old coasted through Single- and Double-A last year with a 1.60 ERA in 18 starts. He should get the call early in 2014 and is another talented young pitcher just waiting to join the Marlins’ already budding rotation.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t folks believe that Giancarlo Stanton really belongs in the American League?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Why? It’s not as if he can’t catch a fly ball.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        maybe for health reasons. I thought he could field some and has a great arm but advanced stats say differently.

        I hope he does not move from NL East. I really enjoy watching him hit home runs. Superb power!!!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Why? Because of his 117 career HRs, 19 (16% of them) have come against the Nats. And against the Nats he has a .702 SLG%, an OPS of 1.110, and an OPS+ of 146. That’s why.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        I think I have seen him hit it out at least twice at Nats park, once against SS and once against RD. Both towering shots. he has tortured us but he provides great entertainment, be it his towering home runs or his Ks against Clip and co late in the game. That is exciting.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Agreed that he’s exciting. But I’d much rather experience that excitement watching him play against other teams.

      • therealjohnc - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Stanton also hit perhaps the longest foul ball I’ve ever seen. He hit one over the seats, over Phil Wood’s radio booth and onto the concourse. The whole park exhaled after that one …

  2. joemktg - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    4) How deep into the season will they go before they trade Stanton and jettison all veterans?

  3. veejh - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Jose Fernandez, now that dude is silly good.

  4. natsjackinfl - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    The very second that Stanton is eligible to leave Miami, if he’s still there, he’ll declare his free agency and sign somewhere else.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 57 47 --
ATLANTA 58 48 --
MIAMI 53 53 5.0
NEW YORK 51 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 60 11.5
Through Tuesday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m. TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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