Tag:Florida Marlins Baseball
Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:42 pm
 

Florida Marlins Preview 2008

After finishing in last place in 2007, the Marlins traded away two of their best young players and decided to get even younger. In December, they shipped third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who turns 25 in April, and left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis, who is 26, to the Detroit Tigers. In exchange, the Marlins received six players. Five of the players are 25-years-old or younger.

The two most valuable players in the deal – 22-year-old left-hander Andrew Miller and 20-year-old outfielder Cameron Maybin – are expected to immediately contribute and could impact fantasy rosters this season. Catcher Mike Rabelo was also acquired in the deal and is expected to see most of the action behind the plate for the Marlins in 2008. Rabelo is the only player in the deal that is older than 25. He turned 28 in January.

While the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets fight for the division title, and the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals make steady improvements, it will likely be another long season for the Marlins. They have a lot of exciting young players to watch, including shortstop Hanley Ramirez and second baseman Dan Uggla, but they don’t have the experience that will allow them to compete in the NL East.

The Marlin's are building for the future, so the expectations are minimal. But for a team building for the future, the Marlins' core includes Mike Jacobs (27), Dan Uggla (28), and Josh Willingham (29).

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Opening day roster/ batting order

SS HANLEY RAMIREZ

2B DAN UGGLA

RF Jeremy Hermida

LF JOSH WILLINGHAM

1B MIKE JACOBS

3B Jorge Cantu

C Matt Treanor

CF Alejandro De Aza will hit against right-handed pitchers, and Cody Ross will hit against lefties in the center field platoon. The team expects Cameron Maybin to be brought up sometime this summer.


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Possible rotation..?

Hendrickson

Vandenhurk

Andrew Miller

Scott "Hothead" Olsen

Rickkkkyyyy Nolasco

The Pen..?

Kevin Gregg

Matt Lindstrom

Justin Millerrrrr


Man oh man. I CAN'T WAIT! until 2011.

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