The Miami Marlins made moves this offseason. They just recently signed Michael Morse away from the World Series champion San Francisco Giants to a two year, $16 million contract. They’ve also bulked up the infield with the acquisition of shortstop Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers. And, they added Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds to pair him with Jose Fernandez for what should be one of the more talented top two starters in the National League.
Oh, and they signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record-setting $325 million contract, locking up the slugger for what will be the majority of his career. Too bad for the St. Louis Cardinals that they missed out on Stanton after losing Albert Pujols a few years ago, since they really could have used the big slugger in their lineup. How many games do you think the Cardinals can keep winning this year without Stanton?
The front office had obviously been busy trying to ensure that Marlins Park boasts a formidable team in 2015, but so far the results are not quite what they had hoped for. It’s been a pretty disappointing season so far.
While Marlins fans waited to see their shiny new product hit the field in April, they’ll get a chance to see a completely new-looking Marlins Park in the interim. If all goes well, hopefully that will be a good sign moving forward for Stanton and the rest of Miami in the years to come!