The 3 Biggest Decisions the Miami Marlins Have to Make This Offseason

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The 3 Biggest Decisions the Miami Marlins Have to Make This Offseason
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Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, right, and general manager Dan Jennings have a few decisions to make this offseason.

Decisions are made every offseason that not only dictate what happens when a season begins, but what path a franchise takes toward its ultimate goal—a World Series title.

For instance, the Boston Red Sox traded infielder Mike Aviles to the Toronto Blue Jays for manager John Farrell last October. That set the tone for the rest of the offseason as the Red Sox re-signed David Ortiz to a two-year deal and added Shane Victorino (who delivered the seventh-inning grand slam that clinched the Red Sox's 5-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series), Mike Napoli (whose seventh-inning home run won a 1-0 affair in Game 3 of ALCS) , Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Koji Uehara (2013 ALCS MVP).

Now, the Red Sox are playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. 

The Miami Marlins are probably not going to be the eighth team since 1990 to reach the World Series following a season in which they finished in last place—the Red Sox are the seventhbut the decisions the Marlins make this offseason could determine how much longer it will be before the much-maligned franchise play for all the marbles again.

While the Marlins don't have many difficult decisions this offseason, there are a few that bears watching, beginning with the most important of them all. 

And you can bet the mortgage all eyes will be on what happens with a certain 23-year-old All-Star. 

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