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Frisaro's Marlins FAQ: How will Miami keep improving?

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MIAMI -- Year Two of the Marlins’ building process may have taken a step backward record-wise, but the organization did take a big leap forward by infusing more talent into a vastly improved farm system.

Now with one of the better Minor League systems in place, the Marlins have a clearer picture of how their future is shaping up, in both the short and long terms. Even after finishing 57-105 and in last place in the National League East, the offseason promises to have more of a focus on adding to the roster than subtracting core veteran players.

Over the next few weeks, the front office will be formulating its offseason strategies for upgrading the roster at the big league level, while also staying the course and continuing to add to its system.

As a guide, MLB.com addresses some frequently asked offseason questions.

Which Miami players are free agents?

OF
Curtis Granderson, INF Neil Walker, INF Martín Prado, C Bryan Holaday, RHP Hector Noesi

When does free agency start?

Players are eligible to file for free agency immediately at the conclusion of the 2019 World Series, and they may sign with other clubs six days after the end of the World Series.

Are any of Miami’s free agents likely to receive qualifying offers, and what is the deadline for that?

The deadline for free agents to accept a qualifying offer is 15 days after the end of the 2019 World Series. The Marlins are not likely to extend qualifying offers to any of their free agents.

Which players have options, what’s the dollar figure and impact on payroll?

Infielder Starlin Castro has a $16 million club option for 2020, and a $1 million buyout. The Marlins have until five days after the World Series to either exercise the option or the buyout. Miami is not expected to pick up the option, meaning Castro is expected to become a free agent. Castro signed his seven-year, $60 million deal while with the Cubs in 2013.

Castro made $11 million in 2019, and his expiring contract adds some more payroll flexibility. The estimated 2020 payroll is about $80 million.

Which players are arbitration eligible?

RHP
José Ureña, LHP Adam Conley

Salary arbitration filing begins in January 2020, with Jan. 10 as the date to exchange salary arbitration figures.

Who might be a non-tender candidate?

Conley.

Who needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason to avoid the Rule 5 Draft, and do they have a crunch for roster spots?

RHP Sixto Sánchez, RHP Edward Cabrera, RHP Nick Neidert, LHP Will Stewart, SS Jazz Chisholm, 1B Lewin Díaz. All are expected to be added to the 40-man roster, which must be set by Nov. 18.

Which key players have at least one option entering 2020?

1B/OF
Garrett Cooper, OF Lewis Brinson, 3B/OF Brian Anderson, 2B Isan Diaz

Key players who are out of options?

OF
Magneuris Sierra, C Jorge Alfaro

What kind of help do the Marlins need, and will they be active in free agency? Who might they target?

Due to player versatility, the Marlins don’t feel they have one or two specific areas of need. In general, they are seeking position players, preferably those with a “hit first” mentality and power potential. First base is the closest position to a specific area of need. Bullpen is another area that will receive plenty of attention in free agency, as well as backup catcher.

Potential free-agent targets: C Francisco Cervelli, 1B José Abreu, 1B Justin Smoak, INF Howie Kendrick, OF Jon Jay, OF Starling Marte, LHP Gio González, RHP Tyler Clippard.

When are the Winter Meetings?

Dec. 9-12 in San Diego.


Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.
 
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Is it possible our rebuilding would be as successful as the Astros ?
 

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Is it possible our rebuilding would be as successful as the Astros ?
A lot of people look at the teams that have rebuilt in the last 10-15 years and rule that only the Royals, Cubs, and Astros were successful. However the playoffs are such a craps shoot that titles are not the best way to rule it. I mean if the Cubs and Astros had lost their game 7's in 2016-2017 respectively would we rule that their rebuilds were unsuccessful. I think that a better way to look at it would be to examine teams that returned to playoff contention year in and year out to judge how effective rebuilds are. That means that the Pirates, Twins, D-Backs, Nationals, and Braves who have still not won titles (Nats now get their shot) are examples showing that rebuilds work more often than not. In fact, I feel like the Marlins from 2013-2017 are more of the exception than the rule as far as judging rebuild success.

Ultimately the new ownership has done a lot of good things like investing more in the international FA market and being less cheap in the draft. I have a good feeling that things are gonna work out in the end. It would be great to be the best team in baseball when our window opens. but I would be satisfied have a window of 4-6 years where we are the best team in the division and one of the 5 best in MLB.
 

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A lot of people look at the teams that have rebuilt in the last 10-15 years and rule that only the Royals, Cubs, and Astros were successful. However the playoffs are such a craps shoot that titles are not the best way to rule it. I mean if the Cubs and Astros had lost their game 7's in 2016-2017 respectively would we rule that their rebuilds were unsuccessful. I think that a better way to look at it would be to examine teams that returned to playoff contention year in and year out to judge how effective rebuilds are. That means that the Pirates, Twins, D-Backs, Nationals, and Braves who have still not won titles (Nats now get their shot) are examples showing that rebuilds work more often than not. In fact, I feel like the Marlins from 2013-2017 are more of the exception than the rule as far as judging rebuild success.

Ultimately the new ownership has done a lot of good things like investing more in the international FA market and being less cheap in the draft. I have a good feeling that things are gonna work out in the end. It would be great to be the best team in baseball when our window opens. but I would be satisfied have a window of 4-6 years where we are the best team in the division and one of the 5 best in MLB.
Very well said.

While world series championships are nice I think multiple contending seasons and playoff appearances is a more attainable goal to shoot for, what happens after that can't be what defines all rebuilds.

Or maybe, from the perspective of a Marlins fan, think of it as finally having more than one rare season when we aren't out of early in the season.
 
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We all love championships and want them, but I'd agree that it'd be nice to have at least a few years of consistent contention and a few playoff appearances even if they don't win it all.
 

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