So this is it. We’re coming down to the final month and our final division report and it’s been fun to see how things have turned out not according to plan, with the young Nationals emerging as the best team in the division, the Phillies falling off earlier than expected, and the Marlins' winter spending going to waste. Let’s take a closer look.
To say that this season hasn’t gone as planned for the Marlins is an understatement. A new manager, a new stadium, and a few new players were supposed to help turn the culture of the team around and put the Marlins back on the map. Instead, they are sitting in the cellar of the NL East and have started to sell. Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate are now in Los Angeles, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez are in Detroit and Gaby Sanchez in Pittsburgh.
Going forward, they have Jose Reyes, Logan Morrison, Emilio Bonafacio, Giancarlo Stanton and Mark Buehrle. That’s a good core to build around, but they need to spend smartly