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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.
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.