The Miami Marlins finished their season with a win last week to end their year on a high note. In what was a rough campaign overall, they can finally look towards the future and plan for a better 2020. Fish Stripes plans to continue bringing fans the latest information regarding the Marlins, including news, highlights and analysis.
Sergio Romo: Free Agent Target?
Sergio Romo was one of the better free agent pickups for the Marlins in 2019. He not only was able to be effective out of the bullpen in the traditional closer role but he was able to teach the younger guys how to enjoy the game while still learning. With Romo set to be a free agent again after this season could he be a target for the Marlins in 2020? Fish Stripes’ own Ely Sussman takes a look at this idea in an article which can be read here.
Despite being traded to the Twins in July, the 36-year-old led the Marlins pitching staff in saves and Win Probability Added.
Prado Brought Passion to Marlins Franchise
"I respect the game, and I respect guys who respect the game the same way I do.”— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 3, 2019
At the end of his contract (and possibly his MLB career), Martín Prado leaves huge shoes to fill in the Marlins clubhouse. https://t.co/bpPi4Yuanq
Martín Prado has been an important player for the Marlins organization on and off the field. Teammates, opponents and fans all have the utmost respect for him. He just played his last game for the Marlins (and possibly, for his career), but he will always be remembered for being an honorary Fish captain. The full article by Juan Páez about Prado can be read here.
Outfield Star Defects from Cuba
Pedro Mauel León, 21, is seeking a professional contract after leaving his native Cuba, according to Francys Romero of Las Mayores.
Unfortunately for the Fish, León would be subject to MLB international amateur free agent rules, and they have very limited financial flexibility to bid for his services during the current signing period (continues through June 15, 2020).
Marlins Need to Turn the Corner
Year 3 of the rebuild will be starting soon for the Marlins. With many veterans set to leave, the Marlins need to turn the corner through a combination of prospect promotions and smarter spending in free agency. Results must improve from this year’s 57-105 record. The full article by Jordan McPherson can be read here.
2019 Marlins Awards
Andre Fernandez of The Athletic looks at nine Marlins players who made an impact and may have secured meaningful roles in the club’s future. The article can be read here.
Marlins end-of-season awards: Sandy Alcantara the clear No. 1 starter heading into 2020— The Athletic Miami (@TheAthleticMIA) October 1, 2019
The rookie, Miami’s lone All-Star, had a strong second half, but which of his teammates had seasons worth remembering?@FernandezAndreC looks back at the highlights: https://t.co/ycF99PJbX3 pic.twitter.com/cc0VeAoD4G
5 Questions Heading into the Offseason
With Don Mattingly locked up for another two years after speculation that he would not come back, there are now other pressing questions regarding what the Marlins will do in 2020. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com answers addresses five of those topics, which can be read here.
Even with the postseason happening at the moment, that does not mean Miami’s decision-makers will be idle. So stick with Fish Stripes for all the latest news, analysis and highlights regarding your Miami Marlins!