Now, we're going to take it a step further and predict what the Marlins starting lineup might be in 2015.
The same rules still apply. The Marlins chosen to start in 2015 must be under team control in some shape or form. This means guys such as Greg Dobbs, who signed a $1.7 million extension for next season months ago but it only became official last month, according to MLB.com, were not selected because it would be unfathomable to think what would then be a 36-year-old career pinch-hitter would start for any organization. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria might have the ability to negotiate Dobbs extension without his top baseball officials' knowledge, which is what a source told the Sun-Sentinel, but we're pretty sure Loria can't write Dobbs name in the lineup card.
This also means free agents such as Clayton Kershaw, Billy Butler, Asdrubal Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval probably won't be coming to South Beach anytime soon.
The names on this list are probably familiar to you, but remember these players are predicted to grab the starting nod either through outstanding production or by default. Of course, with nearly 18 months before the 2015 Opening Day, a lot can change.
Without further ado, let's present the starting nine for the 2015 Miami Marlins in lineup card fashion.