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I liked the Salty signing. 3 years for a reasonable amount of money (and our catchers last season OPS'd under .500. I didn't even know that was possible before last year). In all honesty, the Saltalamacchia signing had to be done, even if he is likely to regress at least a little.

 

I really like Yelich obviously. He had a solid rookie season and should improve as he adjusts to major league pitching.

 

I'm also intrigued by guys like Dietrich and Ozuna. But in all honesty these guys fell off SO bad that they got sent back down. They've got talent, but Ozuna at the very least needs some minor league seasoning. I think Dietrich can produce decently at 2B straight out of opening day, but his numbers don't match up with the numbers you expect from a 3rd baseman.

 

The problem is that Morrison isn't going to hit enough to be a league average 1B (and his defense is still awful wherever you put him), Hechavarria is going to OPS below .650, and his defense can't make up for that no matter what the front office wants to convince itself into.

 

I agree with Erick in the fact that this team's probably best off just platooning just about everybody on the team. It would be extremely unconventional, but it would likely produce the best results offensively and would give the team a fighting chance. Find some cheap guys in free agency that can hit either LHP or RHP and PLATOOOOOOOOOOON.

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Jake Marisnick sh*t the bed horribly when he came up to the majors. He's a great defender, don't get me wrong, but an OPS under .500, even in barely over 100 at bats, is just embarrassing. He needs to prove that he can hit AAA hitting at least until August until he earns himself another call up.

 

Remember that he's still just 22 years old. Let the kid learn at his own pace. We can all admit that he didn't belong in the majors when he got called up last year.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

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Jake Marisnick sh*t the bed horribly when he came up to the majors. He's a great defender, don't get me wrong, but an OPS under .500, even in barely over 100 at bats, is just embarrassing. He needs to prove that he can hit AAA hitting at least until August until he earns himself another call up.

 

Remember that he's still just 22 years old. Let the kid learn at his own pace. We can all admit that he didn't belong in the majors when he got called up last year.

 

I agree 100%. But his performance was so bad when he came up that I almost don't take a it seriously. I agree, send him to New Orleans and let him work, but if he's hitting by June I wouldn't mind bringing him up. That is, if Ozuna isn't lighting it up, which I hope he does.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.Because it's a one year deal and who gives a shit? We're not contending in 2014, anyways. It's purely a stopgap move.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

It's improved because of Salty. I like Yelich/Stanton in the outfield, and one of Ozuna/Ruggiano/Marisnick should be able to come out of spring training and earn the 3B spot, but the entire infield minus Salty are below average players. I loved Morrison when he was a prospect, but his plate discipline declined for whatever reason and he's a below average 1st baseman with terrible defense. Dietrich belongs at 2B, Furcal likely belongs on a major league bench or retired, and Hechavarria can't hit a baseball if you told him where the pitch was going.

 

It's a far, FAR cry from the lineups the Marlins were putting out from 2003-2005 and 2006-2012.

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Because it's a one year deal and who gives a s***? We're not contending in 2014, anyways. It's purely a stopgap move.

 

There were more quality players on the market or in a trade scenario. You let Dietrich play 2nd, and go after a 3rd baseman. You don't sign Furcal.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

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Because it's a one year deal and who gives a s***? We're not contending in 2014, anyways. It's purely a stopgap move.

 

There were more quality players on the market. You let Dietrich play 2nd, and go after a 3rd baseman. You don't sign Furcal.Again, stopgap move. It's cheap, and it's incentive-laden so if it becomes more expensive, it's because he played well. I'm fine with it. He's coming off a surgery, so we'll see what he does. If he sucks, we plug Solano there. Whatever. We're not contending in 2014, this shouldn't be a big deal.

 

And yes, his recent numbers aren't that good, but eh.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.And Solano had a 0.3 on BR and 0.0 on Fangraphs.

It's an upgrade. :p

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.

That would have fared better than Jose Altuve or Aaron Hill last year...

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Plus, I'm sure the team isn't done with signings. All we've added is a commitment of $9 million to two players. We can still add some small pieces.

 

Like?I've been advocating for Michael Young for the past couple days to play 3rd.

Really, right now, this lineup projection is a RIGHT NOW deal. As in, Opening Day is tomorrow, this is the lineup we'd put out there. I think if we could bring on Michael Young and let Dietrich season a little more in the minors, this lineup would be better than what is the current, or "right now" lineup.

 

LF Yelich

3B Young

RF Stanton

1B Morrison

CF Ozuna

C Salty

2B Furcal

SS Hechavarria

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.

That would have fared better than Jose Altuve or Aaron Hill last year...

I'm not sure what you're saying here but OK.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.

That would have fared better than Jose Altuve or Aaron Hill last year...

I'm not sure what you're saying here but OK.

Those are "All-Star" second basemen.

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I'm kinda confused as to why people are so upset about this. Yeah, the lineup isn't amazing, it's not a world-beater lineup, but it's improving.

 

I don't see how. Furcal is terrible. He doesn't improve this team, defensively or offensively.

 

I just don't see how you sign Saltalamacchia then go out and sign Furcal.

Furcal has never been a bad hitter and he's been a gold glove defender. I don't get this at all?

Look up his numbers. I'm not sure what to tell you if you don't see it.

I see a player that would have been an average major league second baseman if we go by his 2012 numbers.

 

And the options at third base were not exciting. That's obviously why they went this route.

Average? He had a 1.2 WAR with BR and a lower WAR with Fangraphs.

That would have fared better than Jose Altuve or Aaron Hill last year...

I'm not sure what you're saying here but OK.

Those are "All-Star" second basemen.

Altuve is a bad player. Furcal is a bad player. What do you not understand??

 

Edit: Scratch Hill. He's a better player than I thought. His WAR came at 34 less games, though.

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