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Jose Reyes was a huge addition for the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins made plenty of headlines this winter due to the signing of shortstop Jose Reyes. Reyes won the batting title last year with the Mets, and when healthy he could steal 50 bases in a year. He's not just a guy that puts up good numbers, but he makes an impact on the game from his lead-off spot.
The other reason the Reyes signing made headlines is because it forced another All-Star shortstop to change positions. That means 2009 NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez will be moving to third base this year. Ramirez struggled mightily last season because he was never fully healthy due to injuries, but when healthy he could hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases.
Gaby Sanchez may not be an elite first baseman, but he's proven over the first two seasons of his career that he is a solid and consistent producer. Sanchez's 2011 production was almost like a mirror image of his 2010 production. He hit .273 with 19 homers and 83 RBIs in 2010 and followed that by hitting .266 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs last year.
Catcher John Buck cashed in on a career year with Toronto in 2010, but disappointed with the Marlins last year. Not only did his home run output drop from 20 to 16, but he saw his average dip from .281 to .227. While Buck can't be expected to repeat his career season, he is likely to improve.
Buck isn't the only Marlin that had a career year elsewhere in 2010 only to disappoint in his Marlins' debut. Second baseman Omar Infante, who was acquired from the Braves for Dan Uggla after the 2010 season, came close to winning the batting title in 2010. Though he did hit .276 last year, his .315 on-base percentage did disappoint.
If Reyes and Ramirez are both healthy this year, the Marlins would have the best left side of the infield in baseball, though, there are some questions about Reyes' hamstring and Ramirez's ability to bounce back. After that, Sanchez and Buck are more second-division starters, while Infante could be best in a super-utility role.