The Miami Marlins entered the Major League Baseball postseason after their worst season since 1998, when they won just 54 games. The Marlins have welcomed back manager Don Mattingly for a fifth season. Meanwhile, Jonathan Villar has arrived from the Baltimore Orioles and Jesus Aguilar was traded from Tampa Bay to Miami. The duo will upgrade the Marlins, but by how much? Baseball fans are preparing for the 2020 MLB season and can visit efirbet.com/en/ for the latest bet bonuses and tips before betting on Marlins’ games.
According to president of baseball operations Michael Hill, the baseball club is keeping its options open on players for 2020. It is unlikely that the 57-win Marlins will attempt to catch a big fish. Rather, the Marlins will seek well-priced players that can improve the team ahead of a difficult National League East schedule. The club also wants players who won’t stop young minor leaguers from advancing.
So, who will the Marlins seek out for 2020?
Looking to the future
Not long ago, the Houston Astros were one of MLB’s worst teams. Yet, the franchise had a plan that involved grooming its minor league talent and developing it. In 2017, the Astros’ development came to fruition as they won the World Series.
The Marlins could be in a similar boat. They struggled last season in all phases but there is potentially hope in the minor leagues. It is claimed that top-tier talent is waiting to be called up from the Marlins’ minor league teams.
Due to the players that are ready to move up to the big leagues, the Marlins will most likely not be bringing in a big name. Villar and Aguilar should bring more production to the Marlins’ lineup, at least that is the hope. Miami scored the second-fewest runs in MLB last season.
Will Marlins’ offseason improve regular season?
The Marlins will compete in the most difficult division in baseball next season. The National League East featured four teams that finished the season with records of at least .500. The Marlins were the only team not to reach that mark. It is unlikely that the Marlins will be that much better on the field and should still be only as good as the fourth-best team in the division.
Miami is in its third year of rebuilding. It is a rebuild that doesn’t seem to end. Most rebuilds do not take as long but Miami looks just as far off from contending for the playoffs as they did this time last year. Owner and CEO Derek Jeter has already stated the team will rely on rookies in 2020. Changes made by the Marlins must “fit into the long-term plan”. In 2017, the Marlins front office made the farm system its main priority while the big-league club has suffered because of it.
This season will be a big one for the Marlins. Not only is it the third season of Jeter and the rebuild in Miami, but it is Mattingly’s fifth in the dugout.
Sportsbooks have little hope that Miami will have a winning season. The Marlins have the third-longest odds to win the World Series at 1000/1 pre-spring training.