Marlins must shore up their defense

Originally Published: November 11, 2008
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

The Marlins are coming off a satisfying 84-win season, their first winning campaign since 2005. With a strong front of the rotation -- Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Chris Volstad -- there's in-house hope of taking the National League East by surprise next season.

One mitigating factor, however, is money. The payroll doesn't figure to exceed $35 million, which will limit ownership's ability to keep some of the Marlins' arbitration-eligible stars. An unusually large number of their players ...

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