The offseason is just starting up.
There are reports that the Marlins are looking at players like James Shields and Adam LaRoche. Joe Frisaro confirms that the Marlins are indeed looking to add a starter and a firstbaseman while also looking to add stability to 2B, too.
Shields and LaRoche could be ideal fits. The problem is Shields may force the Marlins to overpay and since they have a healthy stable of pitching prospects, they could make a move to meet that need or simply slide a prospect in to eat up innings.
Yet, if we are to follow the logic here, the Fish are in win-now mode. This means they ideally want to find an arm to man the top of the rotation until Jose Fernandez gets back sometime around mid-2015. Fernandez, even upon his return, will not be up to his rookie season levels and will need time to work back into full shape both mentally and physically. Getting another starter will help stabilize the rotation.
At 1B, Garrett Jones did not deliver as much as the Marlins hoped. They will most assuredly make a move to improve their power and get more protection in the lineup for the $325M dollar man, Giancarlo Stanton.
At 2B, the Marlins have in-house options with Enrique Hernandez and Donovan Solano. Plans for Derek Dietrich remain up in the air and uncertain. Still, the Fish have a plan to add to areas of weakness and shore them up and build around Stanton.
Keep your eyes peeled; it’s going to be an interesting hot stove season.