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Offishial news, 11/30/20: New engagements; break-ups on deck?

The Marlins roster has barely changed since season’s end, but expect some action this week.

MLB: SEP 22 Marlins at Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Non-tender tsunami approaches

The following Marlins players will be arbitration eligible in 2021: Jesús Aguilar, Jorge Alfaro, Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper, Yimi García, Ryne Stanek, José Ureña and Richard Bleier.

Retaining all of them would cost the club somewhere in the range of $16-22 million, but that will not happen. Anderson is certain to be tendered a contract, with Alfaro and Cooper being near-locks as well. García and Bleier are likely to stick around, though Stanek is more of a coin flip considering his struggles since arriving in Miami.

Aguilar and Ureña are the most expensive hitter and pitcher respectively in the Marlins’ arb class. Both have contributed positively to the clubhouse culture and previously performed at a level that would justify their projected salaries (Aguilar even did so in 2020). However, I expect them to be waived/released on Wednesday—prior to the 8 p.m. ET MLB non-tender deadline—as the Fish pursue alternatives who better suit the roster.

We shouldn’t rush to judgement until the entire offseason plays out. That being said, the Marlins lineup is already somewhat thin on impact bats, and getting rid of Aguilar without moving quickly to replace him would only exacerbate that.

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  • So did Jon Berti! Wishing all the best to Jon and his fiancé, Jill.