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  1. To be fair, this past offseason was a really weird one where basically no one wanted to spend money, so I'm not sure how much we can read into that. But yeah. It remains to be seen if the FO is actually willing to spend. I think they will (at least to an extent), but we'll see.
  2. 5-1 over our last six and a very respectable 22-18 since our 1-6 start in spite of a landslide of injuries. It's obviously very early and we're only 23-24, but I'm getting a feeling this could be our best team since 2009. Regardless, it's good to actually watch the Marlins knowing that they could potentially be playing meaningful baseball later in the season. First time we've experienced that in back-to-back years since what, 2008 and 2009? I'm cautiously optimistic for the rest of this season, but more importantly, I'm beyond excited for the future. It really seems like Jeter and Co. are building something special. They still clearly need to get some bats, but man...this pitching.
  3. The fact that the Marlins have managed to stay afloat in spite of the onslaught of injuries speaks to how talented this club really is. Makes me wonder where the team would be right now if injuries hadn't played such a major role over these first two months or so.
  4. Loss column is all that really matters. Mets have 19 losses, Nationals have 23 losses, Marlins, Braves and Phillies all have 24. I look at it as being tied for third place.
  5. I can't remember a time where we were ever this loaded with pitching talent. It's nuts.
  6. I'll be honest: I'm surprised they even have the Marlins at 75 wins. I'm used to everyone saying we're a 65-70 win team.
  7. Imagine completely discounting a 24-year-old hitter based on 223 big-league plate appearances.
  8. The Thai curry wing sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings. Also, the fact that no one has mentioned Buffalo sauce in general yet concerns me.
  9. Like the people who were devastated when we traded Jordan Yamamoto? Lol. And in all seriousness, I actually would have been perfectly cool with bringing Ozuna back, but on something like a two-year deal. There was no way I would have wanted the Marlins to give a four-year contract to a 30-year-old wildly inconsistent hitter who is rapidly declining in the field. Perhaps the DH will become a thing in the NL at some point during his contract, but if it doesn't, I do not like Ozuna on a four-year deal in the long run. Heck, even if the MLB does institute a league-wide DH, I'm still not sure if I would want to be on the hook for four years of Ozuna. Not at this stage of his career.
  10. He was outstanding in AAA in 2019 (.305/.395/.578 with 26 homers), so this type of production is not completely out of the realm of possibility. I'd honestly be thrilled if he hit somewhere between 15-20 homers provided that his slash line were good enough overall.
  11. First mediocre Marlins player to get traded midseason and suddenly be dubbed the second coming of Babe Ruth
  12. Ozuna has one of the strangest career trajectories I have ever seen.
  13. Over $40 million a year those first two seasons for a guy who has only had two sub-4.00 ERA seasons throughout his entire nine-year career, one of which was a shortened campaign in which Bauer made 11 starts. Knock yourselves out, LA.
  14. But we lost Jordan Yamamoto, who is apparently Pedro Martinez now.
  15. We have also gotten some pretty damn good returns (e.g. the Realmuto trade was fantastic). Like @SilverBullet said: the Yelich trade was pretty universally praised at the time, and not a single soul here expected Yelich to suddenly post a 1.000 OPS the following year (and I am someone who has always seen big-time potential in Yelich). I guarantee not a single soul in the Brewers organization did, either. Yelich not only stagnated at the plate in his final season here, but he also declined rather significantly in the field, going from a Gold Glove-caliber outfielder to an average defender, at best. It was pretty clear that Yelich didn't want to be here anymore, and chances are, he would not have even come close to posting the types of numbers he did in Milwaukee had we kept him. We almost certainly would have had to trade him away at some point. The Marlins are also far from the only team that talks about five-tool prospects. You hear that from pretty much every organization. Even the Yankees, arguably the best organization in baseball, talk about the importance of five-tool guys.
  16. I hope he is happy and healthy, but I don't hope anyone becomes a decent contributor for the Mets lol. Screw the Mets.
  17. I don't know. A .200 difference in OPS is very, very significant. I'm not saying he is going to suddenly become a bum at the plate, but I certainly don't think he'll be posting .900+ OPSes anymore.
  18. Arenado's career splits at and away from Coors: Home: .322/.376/.609 Away: .263/.322/.471 He is a fantastic third baseman, but but to say that I am a bit worried about how his offense will look in St. Louis is putting it lightly.
  19. Dude was ridiculously underrated his entire MLB career. Great guy, too. Happy he's going home.
  20. That's pretty funny considering that the Giants are the only one of those four big-market teams you mentioned that have made any notable signings this offseason, and that's if you even count Kevin Gausman and Anthony DeSclafani as "notable." Even funnier is the fact that the Giants have stunk for the last six years. Heck, we have been more active than the Yankees, who haven't won a World Series in over a decade. Also, the Nationals, Astros and Royals have all won championships since 2015. I think it's safe to say that none of those clubs are "big-market" teams. What's more, the Dodgers were perennial playoff chokers up until this year. Yes, they have made the playoffs eight years in a row, but they were bounced in each of the first seven years before finally winning a title, which was their first one since 1988 (the Marlins have won two since then lol). No one is spending money right now because the entire freaking league lost money in 2020, and as others have already said, there is still significant uncertainty surrounding 2021. You are being ridiculous.
  21. @Michael Aguilar's range isn't even that bad. Last three seasons at first base: 2018: 0.8 UZR/1.1 UZR/150 2019: 0.4 UZR/0.1 UZR/150 2020: 0.2 UZR/0.7 UZR/150 While no one is going to confuse him for Don Mattingly, he is definitely not a liability over there. About league average.
  22. Some people are making such a big deal out of this and I don't get it. He's had one solid full season in 2019. Otherwise, he has been a mediocre reliever. Lifetime 4.44 ERA, 3.65 FIP and 1.304 WHIP. Yeah he strikes guys out, but that's about it. What am I missing here?
  23. That deal is a bargain for a guy who slashed .277/.352/.457 this year and has a lifetime .806 OPS. He's also not terrible defensively and never has been.
  24. Not to mention the fact that people do say "he's a great role model for boys and young men" when talking about male athletes/celebrities, so King is just reaching. The media wants so much to turn this into something different and it's painful to watch. As someone who worked in the media for a decade and saw all of the shady politics of it behind the scenes, I can tell you that they can give two craps about "equality"; by and large, their entire shtick is about breaking a story and stirring controversy. You watch: the second Ng makes a good move, the media will turn it into "Female GM makes historic move." And if she unfortunately falls on her face (hopefully not) and sucks, leading to her dismissal? Then the national story will be, "Marlins fire female GM." We love this hire because she is damn qualified. The media loves it because it makes a great "controversial" story and will continue to make a great "controversial" story in both her successes and failures.
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