Miami Marlins – The team will flirt with the MLB modern era record for losses
Maybe this isn’t the boldest of takes but the Miami Marlins are going to be exceptionally bad this year. The record for most losses in the modern era is 120 set by the 1962 New York Mets. Miami is going to challenge that record this season. Yankee legend Derek Jeter has taken over the team and his first action has been to strip it down to the bones. Every baseball fan knows this as players like Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich are all playing for different teams right now. Not only did Jeter ship them out, he did not get nearly enough in return for tearing apart one of the best outfields in baseball.
The Stanton trade is at least somewhat understandable to get minimal in return. Miami was trapped by his behemoth contract and Stanton’s willingness to exercise his no-trade clause. He was basically able to pick where he wanted to go and Jeter had his hands tied. That same excuse isn’t the case in the Ozona and Yelich trades. Both players are young and relatively cheap given their production, both past and potentially in the future. The best rated prospect the Marlins got back in either trade was outfielder Lewis Brinson. If he turns out well, he might be equal to one of the players Miami just dealt away.
The best player remaining is catcher J.T. Realmuto and there have been rumors about him being traded as well. The pitching is pretty poor on paper and Dan Straily did have a productive season in 2017. Still, he and his 4.26 ERA and 1.30 WHIP is far from number one material. It just gets worse after that. This team is one possibly good prospects and a bunch of has-beens or never-was. It’s going to be a long road back for Miami and they might just hit rock bottom this year.