This is a project where 30 people got together to act as the GMs of the 30 MLB teams with the idea of conducting the offseason in one week. This is what happened in this simulation, not a prediction of what will happen in real life.
Continuing my run of taking on a new team each year, I was saddled with the Miami Marlins. I say saddled because of the statement made by the new ownership of the team, that they would cut their payroll down to ninety million in 2018. Brian was good to me and had Derek Jeter toss in an extra five million, giving me a little extra wiggle room. With over one hundred and twenty five million dollars on the books for 2018, I had my work cut out for me.
Strengths: The Marlins have a strong and young lineup with major talent and power in the outfield. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna combine to make a pretty potent trio. Additionally, I began with the likes of Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto, Dee Gordon and (to some extent) Martin Prado.
Weaknesses: The Marlins pitching was awful. Edinson Volquez and Wei-Yin Chen headlined as the overpriced and underperforming players that were not going to help my team win now, or stay within budget. Dan Straily, Kyle Barraclough and Jose Urena would be helpful but Junichi Tazawa was only ever going to be a mediocre seven plus million dollar burden. To make matters worse, I only had Brian Anderson in the top reaches of my farm system leaving me no pitching prospects to hold out hopes for.
The Plan: Get rid of Volquez, Chen, Tazawa and Prado (if I could) and see if I could hold onto Stanton and Gordon. If not, I would try to maximize my return on my big trade chips and build as much payroll relief as I could to sign key free agents.
The Marlins acquired: Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier and Chad Green from the Yankees in exchange for Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. I wanted to avoid it, but I was not going to easily shake thirty five million dollars without trading these two stars. The Yankees achieved their goal of keeping Judge and adding Stanton and I filled four starting positions in my roster with young players with high potential.
The Marlins acquired: Trevor Hildenberger, Stephen Gonsalves and Fernando Romero from the Twins in exchange for J.T. Realmuto. With Sanchez on the team, Realmuto became a four and a half million dollar backup catcher. Hildenberger is a young reliever with good numbers and Gonsalves and Romero are both top prospects heading into AAA competition to help build out a future rotation.
The Marlins acquired: Franklyn Kilome and Drew Anderson from the Phillies for Edinson Volquez. I felt a little bad about this trade, which felt like highway robbery. I got rid of an over-priced #3 pitcher in exchange for another top prospect in AAA and a second tier prospect who was major league ready. This gave me confidence that my minor league system could now produce front-end starters by the end of 2018.
The Marlins acquired: Michael Matuella from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Wei-Yin Chen and Kyle Barraclough. In exchange for taking on a bad contract the Marlins had to give up the player I had slated to close for the team. I got back a solid pitching prospect in the process but I was banking on being able to rebuild a bullpen with the money I had cleared.
Brandon Phillips: ($1,500,000.00) While he’s certainly not the player he was and won’t be as good as Dee Gordon, Phillips is a strong starting option for the team and capable of generating some offense with the considerable talent assembled in the lineup.
Lance Lynn: ($11,000,000.00) The Marlins needed to spend money to get the best starting pitcher not named Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish. They had no Ace on their staff and while Lynn isn’t the top pitcher in baseball he is talented enough to anchor this staff.
Doug Fister: ($3,500,000.00) With the team looking to bridge the gap of time between 2018’s beginning and the hopeful promotions of some of the team’s newly minted pitching prospects Fister was called in to be that bridge.
Bartolo Colon: ($555,000.00) The Dominican Donut winds up my team for the second year in a row. He may not remain in the rotation all year long but depth is a necessity and he is always one who can provide that.
Trevor Rosenthal: ($8,000,000.00) A team with no closer is not something pretty. Rosenthal leads a strong class of free agent relievers that were brought aboard to help the Marlins round out a strong bullpen.
Brad Boxberger: ($5,000,000.00) While Hildenberger and Urena could have served as setup men, the team was pleased to be able to bring in some veteran help to lighten the load for Rosenthal.
Tony Watson: ($5,000,000.00) Part of building this strong bullpen included adding talent from both sides of the mound and Watson should compliment Boxberger and Rosenthal quite well.
Stephen Vogt: ($1,500,000.00) While adding a backup catcher for over the league minimum is a luxury, the hitting potential and versatility of Vogt were too good to pass up at a discount price tag.
Derek Dietrich: ($1,000,000.00) The gamble paid off and the Marlins saved two and a half million dollars by declining arbitration and picking up their talented utility player for a song.
C1: Gary Sanchez – $555,000.00
C2: Stephen Vogt – $1,500,000.00
1B: Justin Bour – $3,500,000.00
2B: Brandon Phillips – $1,500,000.00
3B: Martin Prado – $13,000,000.00
SS: Gleyber Torres – $555,000.00
LF: Marcell Ozuna – $10,900,000.00
CF: Christian Yelich – $7,000,000.00
RF: Clint Frazier – $555,000.00
OF4: Ichiro Suzuki – $2,000,000.00
OF5: Destin Hood – $555,000.00
CI: Derek Dietrich – $1,000,000.00
MI: Miguel Rojas – $1,100,000.00
SP1: Lance Lynn – $11,000,000.00
SP2: Doug Fister – $3,500,000.00
SP3: Dan Straily – $4,500,000.00
SP4: Bartolo Colon – $555,000.00
SP5: Chad Green – $555,000.00
CL: Trevor Rosenthal – $8,000,000.00
SU1: Brad Boxberger – $5,000,000.00
SU2: Tony Watson – $5,000,000.00
MR1: Trevor Hildenberger – $555,000.00
MR2: Jose Urena – $555,000.00
MR3: Junichi Tazawa – $7,086,000.00
LR: Odrisamer Despaigne – $555,000.00
- Stephen Gonsalves
- Fernando Romero
- Franklyn Kilome
- Drew Anderson
- Michael Matuella
Final Thoughts: I feel like the 2018 Marlins that I’ve assembled are good enough to challenge the Washington Nationals for the top of the division. Assuming the pitching prospect pan out well this team should be able to become a playoff regular and a World Series contender. I think that things turned out well but let me know what you think of the moves I made in the comments below.
|Pos||2018 (Final)||Player||Lineup||Marlins Prospects|
|C1||$555,000.00||Sanchez, Gary||Brandon Phillips||Gleber Torres, SS|
|C2||$1,500,000.00||Vogt, Stephen||Martin Prado||Stephen Gonsalves, LHP|
|1B||$3,500,000.00||Bour, Justin||Christian Yelich||Fernando Romero RHP|
|2B||$1,500,000.00||Brandon Phillips||Gary Sanchez||Trevor Rogers, LHP|
|3B||$13,500,000.00||Prado, Martin||Justin Bour||Braxton Garrett, LHP|
|SS||$555,000.00||Torres, Gleyber||Marcell Ozuna||Brian Anderson, 3B|
|LF||$10,900,000.00||Ozuna, Marcell||Gleyber Torres||Franklyn Kilome, RHP|
|CF||$7,000,000.00||Yelich, Christian||Clint Frazier||Dillon Peters, LHP|
|RF||$555,000.00||Frazier, Clint||Tyler Kolek, RHP|
|MI||$1,100,000.00||Rojas, Miguel||Rotation||Merandy Gonzalez, RHP|
|CI||$555,000.00||Dietrich, Derek||Wei-Yin Chen||Brian Miller, OF|
|OF4||$2,000,000.00||Suzuki, Ichiro||Dan Straily||Brayan Hernandez, OF|
|OF5||$555,000.00||Hood, Destin||Chad Green||James Nelson, 3B|
|SP1||$11,000,000.00||Lynn, Lance||Odisramer Despaigne||Jeff Brigham, RHP|
|SP2||$3,500,000.00||Fister, Doug||Drew Anderson||Cody Poteet, RHP|
|SP3||$4,600,000.00||Straily, Dan||Colton Hock, RHP|
|SP4||$555,000.00||Colon, Bartolo||Bullpen||Thomas Jones, OF|
|SP5||$555,000.00||Green, Chad||CL:||Joe Dunand, 3B|
|CL||$8,000,000.00||Rosenthal, Trevor||SU:||Michael Matuella, RHP|
|SU1||$5,000,000.00||Boxberger, Brad||SU:||Riley Mahan, OF|
|SU2||$5,000,000.00||Watson, Tony||MR:||Drew Anderson, RHP|
|MR1||$555,000.00||Hildenberger, Trevor||MR:||Ryan Lillie, RHP|
|MR2||$555,000.00||Urena, Jose||MR:||Sam Perez, RHP|
|MR3||$7,086,000.00||Tazawa, Junichi||LR:||Trevor Richards, RHP|
|LR||$555,000.00||Despaigne, Odrisamer||Brandon Miller, RHP|
|$90,736,000.00||Bench||Edward Cabrera, RHP|
|$4,264,000.00||C: Tomas Telis||Sean Reynolds, OF|
|Gonsalves, Stephen||CI:||Pablo Lopez, RHP|
|Romero, Fernando||MI:||Ricardo Cespedes, OF|
|Kilome, Franklyn||OF: Ichiro Suzuki||Isael Soto, OF|
|Michael Matuella||OF: Destin Hood||John Norwood, OF|
|Anderson, Drew||Austin Dean, OF|
|Ynmanol Marinez, SS|
|Albert Guaimaro, OF|
|Stone Garrett, OF|
|Roy Morales, C|