Jan 20, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT
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
2B Rafael Furcal
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Garrett Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
3B Casey McGehee
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nathan Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Tom Koehler
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.
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