Miami’s active offseason earned a B- grade from ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, the network announced Tuesday.
The Marlins achieved most of their offseason goals, acquiring a pair of veteran relievers to add to the “super bullpen” the club sought to construct. Miami also added several starting pitching options, which is notable given their newfound lack of depth.
Brad Ziegler, Janichi Tazawa and Dustin McGowan will join a bullpen also featuring David Phelps, A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough, and Dan Straily, Jeff Locke and Edinson Volquez give the Marlins necessary starting pitching depth.
Improving the roster was likely a challenge because of the fact the club lacks a clear ace. Still, the Marlins pursued big names such as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen and upgraded their catching depth by signing A.J. Ellis.
Given the circumstances, the Marlins’ offseason probably deserved better than a B-. Miami didn’t have much to work with and was still able to accomplished most of what it wanted to.