The Flying Fish

With the 2012 season comes great changes for the Marlins. New ballpark, new manager, new logo, the list runs on and on. Along with these changes to the ball club, comes new responsibility for owner Jeffrey Loria and GM Michael Hill to facilitate trades and acquisitions to bolster their current roster. With that in mind, I outlined my plans for the “Miami Marlins” in regards to this offseason, which will get them to the championship that they have longed for since 2003.

Miami Marlins

To begin with, let’s start out with the Marlins current roster.

Josh Johnson
ROTATION
Juan Oviedo
John Buck
CATCHER
J. Buck
Gaby Sanchez
1ST BASE
G. Sanchez
Omar Infante
2ND BASE
O. Infante
Matt Dominguez
3RD BASE
M. Dominguez
Hanley Ramirez
SHORTSTOP
H. Ramirez
Logan Morrison
LEFT FIELD
Emilio Bonifacio
CENTER FIELD
E. Bonifacio
Mike Stanton

RIGHT FIELD
M. Stanton

In 2011, the Marlins went 72-90 and finished dead last in the NL East. That right, dead last, meaning behind even the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals. Something has to change, and this is how to do it.

The Plan of Attack

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1. Sign Jose Reyes to a 5 year (6 yr team option) $115 million deal

Jose Reyes

This deal seems like a perfect fit for the Marlins. They get a dynamic, young, speedy shortstop who enhances the Marlins offense, as well as defense, and can provide that constant “wow factor” night after night. His signing would lead to the Marlins shifting Hanley Ramirez over to third to take the spot of talented 3rd base prospect, Matt Dominiguez. However, I would rather see the Marlins shift Hanley to 2nd base, where the Marlins would have an extremely talented double-play tandem, and in turn, they would then either deal Omar Infante for bullpen relief, or keep him as a “super sub”, being as he has an ability to play multiple positions.

2. Sign Mark Buehrle to a 2 year, $21 million deal

Mark Buehrle

Yes, I know, I said that Buehrle should go to the Yankees in my 2011 Yankees Offseason Outlook, but Buehrle would also make sense for the Marlins as well. He would provide that veteran presence in their young pitching staff, and fits in as a solid 3rd starter in that rotation. Also, he would give them 180+ solid innings, providing them with durability that other Marlins pitchers such as Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco lack.

3. Trade Logan Morrison and two solid Double-A prospects to the Rays for James Shields

James Shields

By now, the whole baseball world pretty much knows that Logan Morrison and Owner Jeffrey Loria don’t have the best relationship, and that they have had quarrels in the past, which primarily stemmed from Morrison’s usage of his twitter account @LoMoMarlins. This trade would put an end to an unnecessary drama within the organization and would benefit both sides as well. Shields would provide the Marlins with a #2 starter of ace quality and he and Josh Johnson would create a fearsome 1-2 punch. Also, through the additions of Shields and Buehrle, the Marlins would have a rotation of Johnson, Shields, Buehrle, Nolasco, and Anibal Sanchez, which would arguably be the best in the NL East. In addition, the Rays would then send B.J. Upton to the Nationals, who are in active pursuit of a center fielder, for closer Drew Storen. This would clear up the center field spot for Desmond Jennings, allowing Morrison to play left, and would also give the Rays the long-term closer that they have been searching for since Roberto Hernandez. At this point,the Marlins could either put Omar Infante into left and move Hanley to second, or shift Matt Dominiguez to left and place Hanley at third.

With those three simple moves, the Marlins turn from a 2012 pretender into a 2012 contender, and now have a legitimate shot at winning it all for the Miami area in the years to come.

It’s time to go fishing.

The Manoman

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Posted on November 21, 2011, in MLB, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It’s not possible that the Marlins will get all three of those Hot Stove names you mentioned, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they got one of them. I also brought up that possible trade with Shields in a past article a while back, but the way things are looking now it seems unlikely.
    The Rays Rant- http://yossif.mlblogs.com/

  2. Hey, you never know. Personally, I feel that acquiring all three of those names are well within the Marlins reach, especially given that they are increasing payroll in 2012. We’ll just have to wait and see.
    The Manoman

  3. I think Reyes ends up in Miami. Keep Gabby at 1B is an easy decision if I’m GM for the Marlins too. Getting a starter like Buehrle would help the rotation and I think it’s very likely with the Ozzie connection. However, I think Shields goes somewhere else. Good ideas though.

    Ron

  4. I can see the Brewers shocking the world and giving Reyes the money that they won’t give Fielder. They could use a leadoff guy since Carlos Gomez isn’t an OBP guy and they declined the option on Betancourt. They could re-up on Greinke or Marcum and give Reyes a 6-year, $100 million deal and save a few million over what they could have paid Fielder.
    The Marlins piece you have is great. I don’t know if signing Reyes is smart since Ramirez is either your SS going forward or a pissy player who got moved. This isn’t ARod moving to 3B because Jeter was there, this is a guy getting moved for a guy coming in. Dominguez isn’t anything if he isn’t a 3B. His glove is his asset and defense has kept a guy like Brandon Inge in the league at 3B. If he gets moved to LF, they may as well find Neifi Perez and put him out there…useless. I love the Shields trade but if you deal Morrison and don’t get a weapon in LF to replace him, what good was signing Reyes? He isn’t a .280-25-90 guy like Morrison could be in Miami this year. That would be one sexy rotation, though! Keep up the great work. http://www.thebaseballhaven.wordpress.com

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