4. Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins are an interesting team. They certainly have enough talent to become a playoff team and have flirted with that Wild Card spot the last two seasons. Offensively, the Marlins are set and can outslug any other team in baseball on their best day. However, the pitching staff from top to bottom is not the best and is holding the team down.
Per FanGraphs, the Marlins had the third worst pitching WAR in all of baseball last season while owning the fifth highest ERA as well. To succeed, the Marlins are going to need to stock up on pitching to balance out with their electric offense.
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Trading Giancarlo Stanton, which has become a realistic possibility at this point, will help bring in some young arms to sum up the staff. However, the Marlins should not stop there and go all in on bringing in as many great pitchers as they can in the offseason.
Thus, Brandon Morrow instantly becomes a target as he may be the best relief arm on the market this offseason. Miami should be honing in on Morrow and everything else that comes after will follow suit. Miami needs to start somewhere and bringing in the hard-throwing Morrow certainly is a start.
Morrow’s role on the Marlins would be unclear. The team did trade closer A.J. Ramos to the New York Mets last season so the closer role is anyone’s for the taking. If Morrow continues to thrive, that role can become his in no time.
Regardless of his role the Marlins need to bring in Morrow to turn the bullpen around and create a new culture in Miami. The Marlins cannot let all their talent go to waste and must go all-in on pitching.