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