The Miami Marlins did pretty good in the offseason, with the acquisitions of the speedy shortstop Dee Gordon, pitcher Mat Latos, Ichiro Suzuki and Martin Prado. That wasn’t all for the South Florida team, they gave Giancarlo Stanton a 13 year contract worth $325 million.
Now Jeffrey Loria’s team has decided to give another key piece of the team an extension. This time to 23 year old outfielder Christian Yelich, according to Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan. The deal buys out his arbitration years plus his first two years of free agency and keeps the youngster at Marlins Park through at least the 2021 season. In all, it’s a seven year deal worth around $49 million.
Christian was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2010. He made his debut in the big leagues three years later, but didn’t play much. His full season came in 2014 and he was pretty good. His stat line was .284/.362/.402 with 54 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. He also contributed on the defensive side with a gold glove worthy performance at left field. He was also second on the team with 4.3 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Only the power hitting Giancarlo Stanton was more valuable to the team with a 6.1 WAR.
After signing Stanton to the biggest deal is sports history, the Marlins wanted to secure some of their pre-arbitration players to reduce costs.
Yelich was a must sign for the team. He is only 23 years old and getting better. Not only that, MLB salaries are rising. But is it too much? If he plays like last year, the team would be getting a steal. The Marlins, were smart to lock him up early.
The offseason went well for the Marlins. The team added pitchers like Dan Haren and Mat Latos to solidify that position. With Jose Fernandez coming back soon, this will be a fun team to watch.
1. RHP Henderson Alvarez
2. RHP Mat Latos
3. RHP Jarred Cosart
4. RHP Dan Haren
5. RHP Tom Koehler
Closer – Steve Cishek
Setup Men – A.J. Ramos, Mike Dunn, Carter Capps
Middle Men – Aaron Crow, Bryan Morris
Long Man – David Phelps
Dee Gordon was another solid addition. The team will now feature, Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Ichiro Suzuki, Marcell Ozuna, Martin Prado and Michael Morse. Sure, they lost Casey McGehee who brought in a huge amount of hits, but Ichiro and Dee will fill that void.
1. Dee Gordon, 2B
2. Christian Yelich, LF
3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
4. Michael Morse, 1B
5. Marcell Ozuna, CF
6. Martin Prado, 3B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Bench – C Jeff Mathis, 1B Justin Bour, IF Donovan Solano, UT Jeff Baker, OF Ichiro Suzuki.
The division seems open for all except the Phillies, who are rebuilding and just lost their ace Cliff Lee. The Braves, definitely got worse with the loss of a few pieces. The Nationals made a splash signing by bringing Max Scherzer and seem like the best team in the division. The Mets also look like a decent team. The Marlins, will probably be fighting for second and looking to grab a wild card spot.