When the Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record 13-year $325 million deal, it was assumed that would only be the beginning of a fruitful offseason for a team lacking local fan support/attendance. Then, of course Miami made moves for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Mat Latos, Andre Rienzo, Aaron Crow, Craig Stem & NOW homegrown World Series Champ Michael Morse.
The addition of Michael Morse offers a supplementary bat to a lineup craving home run power; one that ideally won’t have to rely solely on Superstar Giancarlo Stanton to rake in the goods. Morse is projected early to bat 5th, taking Garrett Jones’ spot, as they’ll likely platoon with each other; unless Jones is traded. Morse of course played his high school baseball at Nova in Davie, FL, becoming the 3rd Florida native added by the Marlins aside from Dee Gordon and Mat Latos.
The addition of Dee Gordon at atop the lineup allows gold-glover Christian Yelich to bat second; something Marlins fans should be excited about. Yelich, 23 years old, has All-Star talent, and the move will help his batting numbers all around.
The Marlins may not be done signing/trading yet as Dan Haren has exercised his right to retire following the trade to Miami, saying ‘he prefer to play in California near his children or retire’. Haren could still be moved for a pretty penny, but his veteran leadership in Miami’s young rotation would be optimal.