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).
Opening day roster/ batting order
SS HANLEY RAMIREZ
2B DAN UGGLA
LF JOSH WILLINGHAM
1B MIKE JACOBS
3B Jorge Cantu
Scott "Hothead" Olsen
Man oh man. I CAN'T WAIT! until 2011.