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Marlins Morning News: Lineup unlikely to change

Marlins projected starting lineup, Fernando Rodney's option, 2017 free agent class and more.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins News:

The Miami Marlins may need to make some trades to improve their starting rotation, but you can still expect to see a very similar lineup for opening day.

The Marlins unsurprisingly decided to decline Fernando Rodney's club option following an unsuccessful attempt to trade him. Rodney struggled mightily with the Marlins after being removed from the closer role.

Manager Don Mattingly expressed his desire for the Marlins to walk more this upcoming season. The Marlins had an above average year at the plate in terms of team average, ranking 4th overall, but were just 26th in drawn walks.

Around the League:

Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reportedly opted out of his contract with the Mets and will become a free agent.

The 2017 free agent class has plenty to offer for teams that are in search of a bat, but those looking for pitching may struggle. Here is a ranking of the top 25 impending free agents, a list that does not include many pitchers.

It's never too soon to look forward to the 2017 season. In the way too early 2017 power rankings the Cubs are no surprise leading the way, but there are some interesting placements in the remaining 29 spots.