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2012 Record: 69-93 (5th in NL East)
Key Additions (courtesy of Baseball Prospectus): LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Juan Pierre, C Jeff Mathis, RHP John Maine, 3B Placido Polanco, RHP Chad Qualls, RHP Jon Rauch, 3B Chone Figgins, 1B Casey Kotchman, 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
Key Departures: SS Jose Reyes, RHP Heath Bell, RHP Carlos Zambrano, 2B Emilio Bonifacio, RHP Josh Johnson, C John Buck, LHP Mark Buehrle
Outlook: One year ago, the expectations for the Marlins were high after doubling their payroll and opening the beautiful $634 million Marlins Park in Downtown Miami.
Long known for being one of the cheapest teams in the league, the Marlins were poised to take off and capture a playoff berth.
But then things got weird.
They decided to paint the walls at Marlins Park lime green. They put a giant statue in center field that looked like it was pulled out of a 1970s album by The Beatles. Ozzie Guillen praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The free agents didn't play up to their salaries and then the Marlins decided to start from scratch.
All of the free-agent acquisitions from a year ago are gone (mainly in a highly criticized trade with the Toronto Blue Jays), and there are few recognizable names remaining on the roster.
The good news is that one of those names is slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton was the Marlins' best hitter in 2012 according to Baseball Prospectus and has the power to flirt with 40 (or possibly 50) home runs in 2013. Alas, Stanton can't do it by himself.
The Marlins will be one of the worst teams in baseball while they try to figure things out and wait for super prospects Christian Yelich (ranked 15th in Baseball America's top 100 prospects) and Jose Fernandez (ranked fifth) to develop.