The Marlins certainly dove straight into the offseason with a splash by gaining central pieces to their revamped 2012 team. And with Spring Training rapidly approaching (less than two months away now), the Marlins are looking to solidify their starting lineup for 2012. Even with the major transactions the team has made so far, they still may have some moves left in them. Primarily, Miami will be looking to add via trade–no more free agent signings. Also, there are still uncertainties in the depth chart, which could promote trading. let’s take a look and examine some possibilities.
Scenario 1: The Marlins move Logan Morrison to first base full time, opening up trade options for Gaby Sanchez. Sanchez, a 2010 All-Star, could bring in pitching help, but with LoMo moved to first there would be an outfield void. So in this instance, Sanchez could be traded for veteran outfield help and/or another starting pitcher.
Scenario 2: Miami trades minor leaguers for a starting pitcher. Two guys on the Marlins radar have been James Shields of the Rays and Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics. Miami has an abundance of young talent that they might have to give up in return for a top-of-the-line starter. Bryan Petersen, Scott Cousins, and Chris Coghlan are possible outfield trade pieces, while Sean West, Alex Sanabia, or Brad Hand could be traded if pitching appeals to the recipient.
Scenario 3: This one is a lineup shake up. If Hanley Ramirez is too stubborn and does not want to move to third base, he could stay at shortstop and Jose Reyes would move to second base. Reyes played second in his first year in New York before becoming the full time short stop. Then, Omar Infante would play third, and Matt Dominguez would be a trade piece. I’m a big fan of Dominguez personally, and I think he has a bright future, but it may be in the best interest of the Marlins to trade him. Dominguez has drawn comparisons to Mike Lowell for both his offense and defense, so his trade value, along with that of another prospect, may be enough to bring in a top-tier starting pitcher.
Right now, the Miami’s main priority is to attain another starting pitcher in order to make their rotation even more competitive. Joe Frisaro talked this week of the importance of Josh Johnson’s health. If JJ stays healthy, the Marlins rotation will rank right up there with those of the Phillies, Braves, and Nationals, but if he cannot complete a full season, Miami’s playoff hopes might be in jeopardy.