This past year was supposed to be a breakout year for a young Miami Marlins team. After numerous offseason moves that brought them Dee Gordon, Michael Morse, Dan Haren, Mat Latos, Martin Prado and David Phelps, the Marlins looked poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Turns out, it was the same old story for a hyped Marlins team though, as they struggled to get going and ended up getting annihilated by injuries. Giancarlo Stanton went down, as did starters Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez. As for the signings and trades, most worked out poorly. Dan Haren was unhappy, Mat Latos was horrible, Michael Morse was injured, and David Phelps struggled as a starter. To make matters worse, the Marlins gave up young talents like Anthony DeSclafani, Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez and Nathan Eovaldi.
Despite last season’s disaster, the Marlins don’t have a ton of holes to fill, but there are a few.