The Marlins released Segio Mitre and did not renew Kevin Gregg’s contract, who is arbitration eligible – officially starting the 2008 baseball offseason for the Marlins.
Watching the playoffs from the comfort of their homes here in south Florida, the Marlins have to find a way to tweak their team payroll to maximize value. The Marlins are expected to increase payroll, up into the $30 million range, but in truth that will not be enough to keep this team together. So, even if the Marlins do decide to keep as much of this team together as they can, they have to start trimming the fat.
Mitre is not expected to return from Tommy John surgery until the middle of the 2009 season, and being slated to make $1.2M won’t help the Marlins.
As for Gregg, it was just a miserable second season here in Miami as Gregg started off the year with control problems and just never seemed to regain the control and sharpness he had last year. Considering his payroll on this roster, his production just wasn’t up the value the Marlins needed.