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Miami Marlins putting together 'serious contender' after adding Martin Prado

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Miami acquired Martin Prado and David Phelps and traded Casey McGehee on Friday. Here are some reactions from around the league.

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Many writers feel the Marlins have improved significantly after their offseason moves, which include Friday's deals:

-Miami Marlins: Host of New Players Make Marlins One of MLB's Most Exciting Teams | Bleacher Report

2015 might not be the Marlins' year, but their time will come sooner rather than later.  As the pitchers continue to develop and the hitters get more big league at-bats, they could be a scary team in the very near future.

-Casey McGehee to Giants: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction | Bleacher Report

Both teams solved a problem with this trade, making it a clear win-win at this moment. The final results won't be known until the season starts, but for now it's hard to find fault with either side.

-Martin Prado, David Phelps to Marlins: Latest Trade Details, Comments, Reaction | Bleacher Report

All of these moves give the Marlins versatility and at least make them more competitive than they have been in the last two years. Atlanta's taken steps back this offseason, while New York isn't quite ready to compete offensively, so there could be a playoff spot open in the National League for Miami to grab.

-10 p.m. update: More details on Marlins' two trades today | Sports Buzz

Eovaldi showed promise in 2013, finishing 4-6 with a 3.39 ERA. But he struggled much of last season (6-14, 4.37) and allowed the most hits of any National League pitcher (223), in 199 innings. Eovaldi, arbitration eligible, is expected to make about $3 million next season.

Miami gets young arms after dealing Andrew Heaney, Brian Flynn, and Anthony DeSclafani this offseason.