MIAMI — This was by distant a saddest deteriorate in Marlins history.
The intolerable genocide of two-time All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez during age 24 will take a authorization — and indeed a city of Miami — years before they can recover.
Fernandez was not usually his team’s best player, he was also a Marlins’ many eager star, a form of celebrity that drew fans to him and to a franchise.
“I’m still watchful to arise adult from this nightmare,” Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton tweeted in a hours after Fernandez was found passed on Sept. 25 after a boating crash. “I mislaid my hermit today, and we can’t sense it — a startle is overwhelming.”
Going brazen into 2017 though Fernandez as their ace pitcher seems unintelligible during a moment, though Stanton is a actor best versed to lead Miami into a future.
Stanton lacks Fernandez’s charisma, attract and magnetism. But Stanton is a immature star with large home run power. He won a 2016 Home Run Hitting Contest, and he total to be front and core when a Marlins horde a 2017 All-Star Game.
Miami’s offense does not need vital tinkering though rather improved health and a guarantee of immature players stability to mature.
The problem is Miami’s starting pitching. For argument’s sake, if everybody were healthy, a Marlins have no one who could come tighten to relating a Big Three pitchers of a Chicago Cubs … or a Washington Nationals … or a New York Mets … or only about any NL contender we can name.
That’s a vital problem.
And a problem grows larger on research of a Marlins’ plantation system. There’s no abyss in comparison to other tip plantation systems, and a few players a Marlins might “hit” on seem to be during slightest one year away.
The Marlins are approaching to pointer during slightest dual starters to assistance overpass a opening between now and a destiny when a plantation complement starts to minister some viable pitching options.
But here are some-more issues for a Marlins: Owner Jeffrey Loria doesn’t have a good repute for spending a forms of supports it takes to build a winner, and secondly, there is really small in a approach of peculiarity starters accessible in giveaway group this winter.
Some probable options for Miami embody Edison Volquez (Royals); Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies); James Shields (White Sox); Scott Kazmir (Dodgers); Rich Hill (Dodgers); Doug Fister (Astros); and R.A. Dickey (Blue Jays).
“We need to urge a depth,” Marlins GM Michael Hill told a media before a Fernandez tragedy. “We had a lot of good things occur in a initial four-plus months.”