Detroit Tigers Rank Highly in MCB’s First Power Rankings of 2017

Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) reacts after hitting a home run with starting pitcher Daniel Norris (right) against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 15, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino (20) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Justin Nicolino (20) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports /

#18 Miami Marlins
2016 Run Differential: -27
Best Offseason Move: Signing Brad Ziegler
Worst Offseason Move: Acquiring Dan Straily

If the Miami Marlins trades and free agent signings dating back to August’s trade deadline have taught us anything, it is that the club will pay significant sums to acquire all sorts of pitching depth.

Whether it be in players given up via trade, or in contracts handed out, Miami has certainly invested a lot into the team’s overall pitching.

The Marlins gave up relatively significant hauls to bring in Andrew Cashner and Hunter Cervenka around last season’s trade deadline.

The club dealt 2015 first-round pick Josh Naylor, reliever Carter Capps and starter Jarred Cosart to San Diego for Cashner, who only appeared in 12 games with the Marlins before signing with Texas in the winter.

Elsewhere, the Fish gave up two prospects for a 27-year-old rookie reliever in Cervenka who threw just 9.1 innings for the team down the stretch.

During the offseason, Miami splashed the cash in free agency, handing Edinson Volquez a two-year, $22 million deal (according to Spotrac). Brad Ziegler inked a two-year, $16 million contract (per Spotrac), while Junichi Tazawa signed for two years and $12 million (also per Spotrac).

What’s more, the National League East tenants also sent top pitching prospect Luis Castillo, recent third-round pick Isaiah White and 24-year-old pitcher Austin Brice to Cincinnati for Dan Straily.