3 Miami Marlins Who'd Be Better Off with Another Team
The Miami Marlins endured a tough 2012 campaign finishing 69-93 and some players may have a future somewhere other than in Florida.
After all the offseason hype surrounding Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell signing with the team with Carlos Zambrano and manager Ozzie Guillen being acquired by the Marlins, it was a disastrous season in a brand new ballpark.
The transactions haven't slowed since then.
Carlos Lee was acquired by Miami mid-season while the Marlins shipped Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the World Series-bound Detroit Tigers and the disgruntled Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bell was traded this weekend.
Guillen may lose his job shortly, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
The flurry of moves could continue this offseason and as recent history shows, it wouldn't be unexpected.
Here are three players that would be better off in a different uniform next season.
Note: Stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com
Carlos Lee, 1B
Sure, Carlos Lee just arrived there, but the Marlins need to get younger and the 36-year-old is not worth the contract he is sure to demand.
Miami has spent enough millions over the last calendar year to overpay the former Houston Astros slugger.
Logan Morrison could switch to first base as he played 21 games at the position in 2012 and he only committed one error in 175 chances.
According to MLB.com, minor leaguer Mark Canha has a big bat and looks to be ready in 2014.
The Marlins need to let Lee walk.
John Buck, Catcher
John Buck was a decent batter for the Marlins in 2011 and a fantastic catcher only committing five errors in 1,055 chances.
However, the catcher digressed in 2012 only batting .192 and smacked just 12 homers while being charged with seven errors in almost 300 less chances.
According to Spotrac, the veteran catcher is due $6.5 million in 2013.
Not only has Buck's production decreased and contract stayed the same, but top prospect Rob Brantly was given a chance to play in the latter half of the season and flourished.
Brantly posted a .290 average with three home runs in 100 at-bats with a comparable fielding percentage to Buck.
It's time to give the reins to the younger player as Brantly proved he was ready to take on the majors.
Carlos Zambrano, SP... or RP?
Is a reliever worth nearly $20 million per season?
Current MLB bullpen men that could trigger that absurd debate would be Mariano Rivera, Craig Kimbrel or maybe even Aroldis Chapman, but certainly not Carlos Zambrano.
With an ERA over 4.00, the 11-year veteran is certainly not worth his current salary.
Zambrano may be one of those players where the fanbase reacts to his trade by saying "Good trade! Who'd we get?"
The Marlins must be willing to pay the contract that they knowingly took on, but simply get him out of Miami for a couple of minor leaguers.
These players may be better off elsewhere, but the Marlins front office has the final call.
Wouldn't be the first time a big move was made though, would it?