“Why not us?” was the Marlins’ battle cry in 2020, and the organization played up the underdog role as it reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Now that Miami has had a taste of being in the postseason, the club’s offseason mission is to keep building on the momentum it established during the 2020 season.
“It was exciting for us to be one of the final four National League teams,” chief executive officer Derek Jeter said recently. “It’s a great step for us as an organization to see some of the progress that we had been able to make over the last three years.”
With a core nucleus of young players either reaching the big leagues or getting close to reaching their prime, the Marlins have a foundation in place to achieve sustainable success.
“I was proud of the character of the team, the fight they showed throughout the season and the postseason,” Jeter said. “I think it’s important that we continue to make the progress that I talk about each and every year.”
General Manager – Addressed
The Marlins parted ways with Michael Hill on October 18, and made history by introducing Kim Ng as the new general manager on November 13th.
Ng said “the first thing that needs to be done is I’ve got to really familiarize myself with all the ins and outs of the players on the 40-man roster, as well as in our Minor League system.”
Jorge Alfaro was the projected everyday catcher at the beginning of 2020, but down the stretch Chad Wallach handled the duties based on his defensive abilities and the belief that he handled the staff better. According to Statcast’s catcher framing metrics, Wallach had a 45.8 percent strike rate as compare to Alfaro’s 41.3 percent. Francisco Cervelli, who missed the final month due to a concussion, had a 47.6 percent rate, but has also announced his retirement. Will Kim Ngs’ first big signing be JT Realmuto as the Marlins also are in the hunt for a catcher?
Marlins Back End Bullpen
The Marlins declined Brandon Kintzler’s $4 million dollar option which opened the search for a closer. Brad Boxberger, who was the setup man, is now a free agent. If the Marlins look to stay in house for options Yimi Garcia is the most experienced. The organization may also look to convert a prospect such as Jordan Holloway to the bullpen where he could be groomed as the next closer.
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