A few other people and I were going back and forth about the future of the Miami Marlins the other day. We came to the conclusion that this experiment isn’t going to work.
One of the most important aspects of a team over the course of a full 162-game season is depth. Someone is bound to get hurt, and if you don’t have anyone to replace him, your team will be pounded. The Marlins made some big splashes this offseason with the signings of Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, and Heath Bell. They are very top-heavy, however. They lack depth in quite a few areas, so much so that it may keep them from competing. Yes, the Miami Marlins have a fantastic lineup with stars such as Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Gaby Sanchez, and Mike Stanton, but when you look at the rest of their roster, it’s very thin. In the rotation, after Josh Johnson and Buehrle come average to below-average starters like Ricky Nolasco and Wade LeBlanc.Once you get past Heath Bell, Juan Carlos Oviedo (Leo Nunez), who has really had some problems recently in his personal life, as well as on the baseball diamond, is the best reliever.
Also, the chemistry factor for this team is huge. Carlos Zambrano, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, and Ozzie Guillen are all going to be in the same dugout… yeah. That’s really all I have to say. I honestly would not at all be surprised if one day we see Ozzie Guillen punch one of his players. Players and Ozzie may say their relationships are fine now, but just wait until they start losing games.
Overall, I don’t think the Marlins are a complete enough team to compete. Plus, you add in the chemistry factor, which will make things tougher, and you just have a disaster waiting to happen. This team is going to have the depth of the 2011 Miami Heat, as well as the tempers of the 1975 Flyers… not a great mix.
Luckily for them, the Marlins didn’t include no-trade clauses in some of their big contracts this winter, so it will be much easier for them to blow the whole thing up… again…