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Elvis Dumervil. Not a bad player. He only led the NFL with 17 sacks last season. Thrived in conversion from 4-3 DE to 3-4 OLB. Would be a great pickup and only 26 yo. But as a RFA, will be unlikely to pry away from Denver.
It depends on the team. All those teams you mentioned were veteran teams with players getting older or coming back to earth after career seasons. Marlins are a very young with players just starting to develop. And only player on team who may have overachieved last year was Chris Coghlan. Can probably expect similar performances from Hanley and JJ. But several players can show improvement. Not all of them will. But if enough do, without much regression from rest of players this *COULD* be an improved team. Let me run through the names. 1) Ricky Nolasco. Had AWFUL start to season before settling in. If more consistent might add an extra 2-3 wins by himself. 2) Chris Volstadt. Big sophomore slump. Became homer prone after never showing that tendency in minors or rookie season. If rebounds to groundball machine ways, can be big improvement. 3) Cameron Maybin. Awful start to season, then spent most of year in minors. When came back looked like much improved player. If can play like that or even grow, can be big improvement all of the Jeremy Hermida games played. Defense definitely improved. 4) Dan Uggla. Showed good power and patience last season. But seemed to have a lot of bad luck considering his very low BABIP. If he gets back to normal levels on BABIP while keeping other metrics steady could be a monster year. 5) Gaby Sanchez\Logan This will be a new player from last year. Morrison. Not sure if will improve on Nick Johnson's production at end of year. But should have some more power. And should be HUGE upgrade over the 100+ games of Emilio Bonafacio starting. 6) Jorge Cantu. Had solid year, but wrist injury sapped away all the power he displayed year before. If healthy may see power resurgence 7) Andrew Miller\Sean West\ Anibal Sanchez. Not sure if will get improvement from these 3. But possible. Miller will have chance to refine new delivery. Sanchez hopefully will stay healthy. And Sean West has more experience. 8) Bullpen. May be the teams biggest wild card. Lidstrom is gone who wasn't very good. But so is Kiko Calero who was very good. A lot of young arms will be competing for spots here (Ryan Tucker is very promising), but will they be ready to contribute right away. Does Leo Nunez develop more consistency as full time closer? A lot of questions in this group and they may make-or-break the season. So lets not get too down on this team. Still has a lot of promise. Starting to see some cornerstones signed to long-term deals. And all the teams in our division have some weaknesses: 1) Phillies. Are great team but have big holes in bullpen. Ibanez and Moyer began to show age last year) 2) Braves. Pretty good staff, but lost Javier Vasquez who was great last year. And still need a couple more bats in lineup. 3) Mets. Don't have starting pitching after Santana who is coming off injury. After Beltran (injured for 1st month), Bay, Reyes, and Wright a lot of question marks in lineup. 4) Nationals. They are still the Nationals.
The lack of depth among the pitching prospects is probably one of biggest reason Marlin's may trade Dan Uggla and\or Jorge Cantu. While I'm sure Loria and Samson would love the cash money savings, they won't make a straight-up salary dump. Front office knows we don't have our usual pitching depth in minors and need to build it up. Last years draft tried to address that, but those players are a long way from MLB. We will need depth especially considering that Nolasco, Miller, and Sanchez are all on similar arbitration paths.
1) Cut JP and resign JT. 2) Cut G. Wilson and replace with Clemons or draftee 3) Cut Ayodele and sign Karlos Dansby 4) Sign new NT. Wilfork if not franchised (unlikely). Otherwise 1. Hapmton (PIT) 2. Pickett (GB) 3) A. Franklin (SF) 5) Draft R. McClain for MLB. If he is ready to start right away, can cut Crowder for cost savings or maybe consider moving Dansby to SOLB. After that can use draft to add more depth at OLB, DB, etc. But if get chance also need to look at some improvement on offense. Biggest are bigger threats at WR and\or TE. But could also use depth on OL and maybe a young RB to groom to replace Ricky (retiring after next year) and Ronnie (will become a FA and has been injury prone).
I agree wholeheartedly. Would like to see JP go and Dolphins put effort on bringing back JT. JT and Cameron Wake can share the WOLB spot. Can then look at either Charlie Anderson at SOLB or maybe sign someone like Karlos Dansby to take that spot. Really wish we still had Matt Roth.
How are reports on Marlin's AHL prospects. Will guys like Matthias, Repik, Ellerby ever be significant contributors? Anyone else worth keeping an eye on. I personally would like to see Panthers clear some of the lesser players like Kreps and let the kids give it a try. For a team that is never going to bust the bank on signing a big name FA, we need to find out what the younger guys are capable of.
I agree we could use a better closer. But really there is no free agent available who really is an upgrade on what we have. You want to sign Kevin Gregg? Maybe as year goes on we trade for a Heath Bell or some other teams closer. But for now, why not wait and see if someone steps up. Maybe Leo Nunez improves his command. Maybe Ryan Tucker comes back blazing. But the key to our bullpen is going to be our starting pitching. If you look back at last couple of seasons, our bullpen has actually started out really strong. Problem has been that too many 4-5 inning outings (or shorter) by our SP has worn out the pen by all-star break and they take an inevitable late season swoon due to overuse. If our SP's can get more consistent and deliver 6-7 IP each time out, we will see a big improvement in performance of pen.
Boni is just bad. Really needs to go back to minors and work on his hitting approach. Needs to learn patience and how to get on base. But even then, I have doubts on him ever being more than a utility player. Great speed. Can play every defensive position except 1B and C. But lacks on base skills. Maybin, I have much better expectations. Was even worse than Boni at start of season. But he went down to minors and seemed to refine his approach. Started striking out less and drawing more walks. Was a reduction in power but was compensated by higher OBP. When he came back up the approach seemed to stick. He may never be the star originally purported to become, but should be at least pretty good. And he is still young enough that maybe as he better commands the strike zone, can re-emerge with his power.
Nice to see they at least got most of players signed. The design of arbitration process can be very acrimonious between the player and team. Hopefully this years team can have some luck, no big injuries, and youth fulfilling its its potential (Coghlan, Maybin, Volstadt, etc).
Signing Uggla to 1-yr contract has *NO* impact on ability to trade him. Marlins could trade him today if they received an offer to their liking. My opinion on Uggla. He is *TODAY* one of the best 2B in baseball because of his power and run production. Over the next couple of seasons he could possibly be a key piece in helping us reach the post-season. That said, he is already over 30. His defense is not that good and could get worse rapidly with age. Player's of his skill profile have a tendency to age rapidly. While he should be good for at least a couple more seasons, can't really count for much more than that which would preclude Marlin's from offering a long-term contract. I would agree in that stance. If Uggla was 25, I would sign him to a 4-5 year contract. But at 30+, I do not make that long-term commitment. In ANY sport, you just don't make a habit of signing players to long-term contracts into their mid-30's. While there are exceptions, that type of behavior usually gets a team a player with declining skills and\or rising injuries while also tying up its financials. Not a good combination for long-term success. Taking the above into consideration. Marlin's should keep an open ear on trade offers. But don't give him away. If Marlins can maximize return by trading him now or at trade deadline they should do so. However if don't receive sufficient quality in return, the Marlin's should then continue to go year-to-year with Uggla and ultimately receive the compensation draft picks that will come when he becomes a free agent in 2 seasons.
Alan, I agree with your comment. Wish they would have done that early in Miguel Cabrera's career. But please tell me. With JJ and Hanley now signed, is there any Marlin on the roster who has similar potential to Braun\Longoria and deserves similar treatment? Uggla is too old and Coghlan does not have same upside. Maybe in a couple of years Mike Stanton will deserve that treatment, but he is still too raw and stuck in minors. Noone else in Marlins organization would I put in that context.
Kreps needs to go. Campbell showed some potential last year, bit BIG step back this year. Maybe injuries and chemistry issues with linemates changing so much. Can live with him a 4th-line C as he is cheap and will allow money to go after other players. Would like to see Matthias replace Kreps right away though. We need to figure out what we really have in him. That way we can figure out if we need to add in another C next season or dow we add scoring on wing and improve back line. Don't have money to address everything in free agency.
Nick Saban is #1 with a bullet and worth all 5 spots. Earns it for being a liar and the way he left Dolphins. Just a bad human being. Don't agree with comments about Wanstedt, Spielman and Cameron. They were all AWFUL with Dolphins. but they were all also honest good people. Never want to see them as coaches\GM down here again. But if just as fans I have no problem with them. Spike Lee and Fireman Ed should NEVER receive courtside\prime seats from the SFL teams. Those should be reserved for fans who will cheer on the SFL teams, not our most hated rivals. I would also say Allen Houston and Doug Flutie should be on the list just they way they tortured ours teams.
Romeo, Al Groh, Mike Zimmer. Heard rumors on all 3 and would be happy with any of them. My favorite of the 3 is Al Groh as I believe he really knows how to get most out of his linebackers. Also has the most extensive history with Tuna.
Teams don't always plan on prospects, but they frequently do contribute. Ellsbury and Pedroia were big contributors as rookies to winning Red Sox teams. When Angels won their World Series K-Rod was a rookie. Same with Jenks for White Sox. Marlins won with both Willis and Cabrera as rookies. You'd rather not depend on them, but until Marlins move into new stadium, budget constraints will make it such. And way team is today, only need a rookie at 1B (Sanchez or Morrison) and relief (not big jump for rookies to help in bullpen). If Uggla or Cantu is traded that will add an extra lineup spot for help. Maybe it's Bonafacio or maybe a rookie or some other unsigned veteran who can be had cheap. But what will really help this team next season is rotation just growing up and becoming more consistent. JJ continues to be excellent. Nolasco avoids slow start. Volstadt pitches like he did as a rookie instead of his homer-prone sophomore slump. And contributions from 2 out of Andrew Miller, Anibal Sanchez and Sean West. If rotation pitches to its potential. everything else will fall into place. Last couple of seasons our bullpen has started of strongly only to fade as year went on. I would suggest overuse has been a big culprit. More consistent 6-7 IP out of starters would alleviate that burden.
Arroyo works well with Wade on court (but really hasn't been that good except for low turnovers). Chalmers has been better without Wade as he gets more aggressive. Plus while Chalmers can struggle with quicker PG's, is still a much better defensive player than Arroyo and creates transition baskets with his steals. With lack of scorers on 2nd unit it is very useful. Also look back at earlier in year. As 2nd unit PG, Arroyo did nothing and even disappeared from rotation for ineffective play. It is just a matter of fit in personnel groups. Playing Chalmers ahead of Arroyo is BOTH better for *NOW* and future.
People forget biggest important expense beyond payroll that is just as important (if not more so): PLAYER DEVELOPMENT. This includes scouts, minor-league coaches and instructors, minor-league salaries, and international baseball academies, and bonuses paid in signing amateur players (draft and international free agents). For small-market teams, this expense is probably the more worthwhile investment. Doesn't make sense paying $8-$10 for back of rotation starter like bigger teams do, so Even when our payroll reaches the $70-$90 mil (if it does) range will need to still add in a lot of cheap talent from development to supplement whatever star players we develop and re-sign.
Alex, these players may not end up being good but maybe they get lucky on one of them clicking. But even if they remain exactly what the numbers say they still serve a role. WORST case. They fill spots on minor league rosters that allow younger and more valuable prospects to remain at appropriate levels instead of rushing them through system too quickly. BEST CASE: Find a utility role for Marlins. Barden and Murphy are capable of being utility infielders and play all over diamond. If Marlins are unable to bring Amezaga back, they will be in need of someone to fill that role. Bonafacio is capable of that role, but if he is not starting, Marlins probably are best served of sending him to minors to refine his hitting. They also have Andy Gonzalez, but he is not good enough that you don;t at least bring in some competition for spot. Peterson and Strickland are the kind of projects that Marlins have brought in past and found success in the bullpen. Each of the last 5 years there has been a pitcher the Marlins originally signed to minor league contract that surprised and became a valuable member of bullpen. Usually lasts only 1 year as they sign a bigger money major league deal elsewhere, but Marlins at least got some cheap quality innings first. List includes Kiko Calero, Joe Borowoski, Todd Jones, Brian Sanches, Dough Waechter, etc. These guys may not make that list, but lets give them a chance to earn a bullpen spot. History suggests Marlins will find at least one sleeper there.
Gload is a good *PINCH HITTER* with only occasional starts. He has VERY LITTLE power (career SLG of .408 and last year at .400). For someone who plays the corner spots that is not acceptable as starter. While he may be good defensively at 1B his main value is versatility off bench (1B, LF, RF) making him ideal candidate for double-switches late in game. He also is patient at plate waiting for his pitch providing quality at bats late in game. I will miss him as he and Helms were a great L\R pinch hitting combination, Marlins and small-market teams don't have luxury of spending big money on bench players. As for the proposed Johnson trade. I talk to JJ's agent again on long-term, deal. If not, I would strongly consider the Ranger's deal, trying to squeeze out another b-level pitching prospect thrown in or maybe expand to include Lidstrom for bigger package. Feliz and Smoak are two of the best prospects in all of MLB. Probably in top 10. Feliz is ML-ready showing ability to get ML-hitters out in relief role last season. Should be ready to move into rotation. Could be as good or better that JJ with more control and lower cost. Smoak is the top 1B prospect in all of baseball. Should be ready by mid--season if not sooner. Another Texeira with sweet stroke switch-hitting, power and patience. Also a plus defender. Logan Morrison is athletic enough to move to LF (letting Coghlan move to 2B where his bat plays better). Michael Stanton can play RF when he is ready (and Ross gets more expensive). Losing JJ may hurt this year. but team would be setup to be great for several years after. Would have a more complete team for year we move into the new stadium. And if Feliz is as good as reports, it may not be that much of step down from JJ, especially if get expected improvements from likes of Nolasco, Volstadt, West, and Sanchez.
Wade and LeBron I believe would compliment each other very well. Both are *EXCELLENT* passers. And while great scorers are very un-selfish an willing to let teammates they have confidence in take big shots. And with both those guys on court together it makes double-teaming either player much more difficult, especially if another scorer like Beasley is on court. Only thing that team would really need is a big enforcer at C to protect the paint. Offensive ability would be optional given the firepower from rest of lineup.
One more thing on my comment. The questions on Miller are still a BIG question mark. I am not saying the above is likely, just possible. And for Marlins, it makes sense to take that chance and develop more depth in rotation. Its not like they have budget to go out and sign a replacement. Maybe they get lucky and add a very good stating pitcher or at least increase his trade value.