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Ozzie Guillen was fired after one season, as the Marlins went 69-93.
After a nightmare season last year, the Miami Marlins unloaded nearly all of their big contracts as they try to develop prospects for the future.
The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, have not done much to improve on a disappointing 81-81 season.
The likelihood of a poor Marlins season is a no-brainer.
The list of big-name players they have traded include former Mets star shortstop Jose Reyes, starters Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck, and outfielder Emilio Bonafacio. In return, the Marlins acquired a number of promising prospects. However, the present team is in no way fit to contend, and 2013 is a throwaway year for them.
The lone star player left, Giancarlo Stanton, has been the subject of trade rumors for months and could perhaps be gone soon as well.
The Phillies, on the other hand, are either old or injured or both.
Roy Halladay is 35 and coming off a mediocre and injury-riddled season. Halladay only threw 156.1 innings and was 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA, which is nothing like the younger, dominant Halladay. To be fair, if he can remain healthy he has the skill and work ethic to still pitch well even at his age. But a 35-year-old who missed about two months with a shoulder strain is not a promising start.
Ryan Howard is 33 and coming off a disastrous season where he struggled to recover from an Achilles injury and missed over half the year. When he was there, Howard hit a mere .219 with almost 100 strikeouts, though he should improve on that somewhat this year.
Chase Utley also missed almost half the season with knee injuries, and the 34-year-old only batted .256 when he was healthy. Utley, though, is the most likely aging star to have a comeback year.
Cole Hamels, 29, had a career year going 17-6 with 216 strikeouts and a 3.05 ERA last season. However, he labored through shoulder soreness by the end of 2012. It will be interesting if he can keep up his production in 2013.
Other aging stars include Jimmy Rollins, 34, Jonathan Papelbon, 32, and Carlos Ruiz, 34.
The biggest replacements Philadelphia acquired this offseason are 36-year-old Michael Young, and last year’s ALCS MVP, 27-year-old Delmon Young.
This is the same Delmon Young who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his ankle, and also has a new weight clause in his contract from the Phillies for not being fat. Quite simply, the Phillies can weigh him at any six points this season, and if Young is under a pre-determined weight at the weigh-in then he receives a $100,000 bonus.
Supposedly, Young has lost 20 pounds due to a healthier diet, but still must play right field for the first time in years. It is also worth noting Young was a full-time DH last season.
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will still be just as competitive. For the Braves, the loss of Chipper Jones and the addition of the talented but enigmatic Upton brothers should have an immense impact on their season, for better or worse.
But regardless of the success of the Nationals and Braves, potentially subpar seasons for the Phillies and Marlins should guide the Mets to a better record this season.