2009 regular season record: 87-75, Second place, NL East
Major Offseason Acquisitions: None
Major Offseason Losses: Jeremy Hermida (BOS), Matt Lindstrom (HOU), Ross Gload (PHI), Nick Johnson (NYY)
Projected Lineup (2009 stats):
1. LF-Chris Coghlan (.321 BA, .390 OBP, 9 HR, 47 RBI)
2. CF-Cameron Maybin (.250 BA, .318 OBP, 4 HR, 13 RBI)
3. SS-Hanley Ramirez (.342 BA, .410 OBP, 24 HR, 106 RBI, 27 SB)
4. 3B-Jorge Cantu (.289 BA, .345 OBP, 16 HR, 100 RBI)
5. 2B-Dan Uggla (.243 BA, .354 OBP, 31 HR, 90 RBI)
6. RF-Cody Ross (.270 BA, .321 OBP, 24 HR, 90 RBI)
7. 1B-Gaby Sanchez (minor leagues: .289 BA, .374 OBP, 16 HR, 56 RBI)
8. C-John Baker (.271 BA, .349 OBP, 9 HR, 50 RBI)
Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):
1. RHP Josh Johnson (15-5, 3.23 ERA, 209 IP)
2. RHP Ricky Nolasco (13-9, 5.06 ERA, 185 IP)
3. RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-8, 3.87 ERA, 86 IP)
4. RHP Chris Volstad (9-13, 5.21 ERA, 159 IP)
5. LHP Nate Robertson (2-3, 5.44 ERA, 49.2 IP)
Closer: RHP Leo Nunez (4.06 ERA, 26 saves)
2010 outlook: The Marlins were a surprise team last season, winning 87 games and finishing second place in the National League East.
As they have been for years, Florida is a young team, but those young players are coming together and are starting to produce wins.
As is typical for the Marlins, they took apart their team after the 2003 World Series championship, and have been rebuilding with young parts ever since.
The cornerstones of the franchise, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, are still just 26-years-old, and hope to lead the Marlins into true contention this season.
Ramirez has become one of the best players in the game; a superstar in every sense of the word.
He’s put up impressive numbers across the board in four straight seasons, and is typically going between 2-3 overall in fantasy drafts.
Johnson came back from two consecutive injury-shortened seasons to become one of the NL’s most consistent pitchers last season.
He ranked 14th in the NL in ERA, and expects to continue to climb in that category.
Is there enough talent on this roster to stay with the Phillies and Braves?
The Marlins have a powerful lineup and a potential-filled pitching staff that should allow them to stay right in the thick of things in 2010.
2010 Prediction: 88-74, Third place, NL East