We have heard a lot this week about the regrets the Miami Marlins had after all of the 2012 offseason hype led to a disappointing season. The Marlins need not lament their moves of the offseason, but they are doing so anyway and may be changing course starting in 2013, though the team insists that its goal is to remain competitive.
- David Samson has spoken a lot this week, and this time he mentions to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro that the team is "not rebuilding, but retooling." What that means to the Marlins' payroll next year is for them to know and us to find out, but Samson says that the team needs to spend more wisely rather than just more.
"We raised the payroll to a record in ’05, and we didn’t win," Samson said. "We raised the payroll to a record in ’11, and didn’t win. We raised the payroll again to a new record in ’12 and didn’t win. I’m not sure that was the right answer."
This is true, but this was less of a fault of the players the Marlins acquired and more of an issue of the players the team had in place. Now, the club seems to have a decent core, but a few offseason additions certainly need to be made for the team to be competitive.
- Earlier this week, Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation questioned whether the Marlins, who had obvious talent at the start of the season, simply did not just panic too early and sold. To an extent, I agree. But the pieces they gave up just weren't that big, with the lone exception of Hanley Ramirez. And while guessing at Ramirez's future is an exercise in futility at this point, if there's any team that knows Ramirez inside and out, it would be the Marlins. Make sure you read the comments section, as Grant responds to my initial qualms with the piece. Good work all around.
- Jose Reyes had his hit streak snapped yesterday by R.A. Dickey, but clearly he is putting things together now. Well, actually he's been doing it for a while now, but the hot streak makes it look really sudden.
- As we mentioned earlier this morning, it seems the Marlins have some interest in bringing back Carlos Lee. I think it's a mistake, but as others pointed in the comments, if he returns with a mindset of being a bench bat, it could be worse. Then again, the Fish would have two players in Lee and Greg Dobbs who really cannot play anywhere but first base well.
- It looks like the Marlins' Bradenton affiliate is giving away a scholarship to an employee of the team. The Miami Marlins will be chipping in as well. Great stuff.
- Over at Marlins Daily, James Etzbach Jr. is looking to forget his sorrows regarding the 2012 Miami Marlins by looking back at the old Florida Marlins.
- Matthew Schnur of Marlin Maniac wonders where Chris Coghlan is, given his recent Triple-A success. I'll say that it just isn't all that likely that Coghlan is any better than Bryan Petersen, and Petey is a decent defender. Still, expect to see CC in September when rosters expand.
- Speaking of Marlin Maniac, they're looking for new writers. Then again, so are we! Send me an email if you think you'd like to contribute to Fish Stripes!
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- You know the Marlins are going to be looking for a third baseman this offseason, but it seems the Philadelphia Phillies may also be in the market. They may even turn to the plan of converting a shortstop or second baseman to the position. Hmm, Stephen Drew at third base for the Fish? I'm interested.
- The Baltimore Orioles promoted top prospect Manny Machado earlier this week, but that does not mean the O's aren't looking for outside additions. Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation says the team shouldn't look to Machado to save their playoff hopes, but rather to simply help them.
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- Also on Wednesday, I gave the odds that Jose Reyes would challenge the great hitting streaks in Marlins history. Of course, he did not quite get there, tying Emilio Bonifacio at 26, but he's still been quite good, with or without the streak.
- What about in terms of getting on-base? Check out the Marlins' best in times on base in team history.