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Marlins Morning News: Pitching approach may define season

Trying to shorten games with a deep and talented bullpen could possibly make or break Miami’s season. Plus links on Chris Carter and the Opening Day roster.

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Marlins News

Without a true ace to guide the rotation, the Marlins embarked on a mission to acquire dependable arms this winter. The most notable additions were to the bullpen, and Miami will be leaning on its relievers heavily in 2017 to close out games, no matter how many innings they have to pitch.

The Marlins are still mulling what to do regarding Justin Bour and first base. If they are seriously considering other options, signing NL home run leader Chris Carter could result in plenty of production from a platoon situation.

It’s too early to know who will definitively make Miami’s Opening Day roster but, right now, this is what it would most likely look like.

Whatever questions the Marlins are facing with their roster, the Marlins don’t have to worry about their catcher, J.T. Realmuto, who is the best at his position in the division.

Miami has certainly produced some memorable major league talent over the years.

Around the League

Trades and free agent signings grab all of the headlines during the winter break, and there are five high-profile acquisitions that will potentially have a huge impact on the baseball landscape this season.

Coming one win short of the World Series title prompted the Indians to sign one big bat, but will that be enough to take them all the way in 2017?

The Oakland Coliseum is now home to “Ricky Henderson Field”, which will be officially unveiled as the Athletics honor the Hall of Famer on Opening Night.

MLB has proposed changes which will raise the lower edge of the strike zone and eliminate the process associated with the intentional walk.

The sure-bet contenders and the better-luck-next-year teams are fairly easy to predict heading into the new season, but what about the teams stuck in the middle?

The Nationals have been on the fringes of contending for the title for a few years now, yet made very few moves to improve their roster this off-season, which may result in them disappointing their fan base once again.