Trading Cabrera could help Marlins over long haul
Originally Published: November 8, 2007By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com
The Marlins lost the battle for the cellar with the Nationals, finishing in last place for the first time since 1999. Florida's pitchers allowed the most runs in the National League, and the team totaled the fewest home victories.Clearly, the franchise is in flux until it's determined whether a new ballpark will be built in south Florida.
GM: Mike Hill
Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
'07 record: 71-91, 5th NL East
'07 payroll: $30.5M, 29th MLB
Runs scored: 790, 6th NL
Runs allowed: 891, 16th NL
OPS: .784, 4th NL
ERA: 4.94, 15th NL
Fielding percentage: .977, 16th NL
Primary needsStarting pitching: The Marlins' staff never entirely recovered from the combined losses (due to injuries) of Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco. Sanchez last pitched in May, after which he underwent shoulder surgery. He likely will not be ready by Opening Day. Nolasco is now working his way back in the Arizona Fall League. Center field: The position is wide open, but it's unlikely the Marlins will chase free agents Torii Hunter or Andruw Jones. Instead, they may end up platooning Cody Ross and Alejandro De Aza. Catcher: Miguel Olivo is likely to move on, and this is one area the Marlins may look outside the organization to fill.
Free agentsRHP Armando Benitez, 3B Aaron Boone, RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, RHP Felix Rodriguez Paul Lo Duca looks like a perfect fit, since he's not in the Mets' plans for '08 and has a history with the Marlins. The 35-year-old catcher made $6.6 million last year, but won't command the same salary in '08. Lo Duca is long in the tooth (1,015 career games) which means he'll likely split time with Matt Treanor even in the Marlins do pluck him off the market.