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Marlins not expected to significantly increase payroll

Nov 2, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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“We’re getting ready for another season, and we’re going to win more,” Marlins president David Samson assured Christina De Nicola of FOX Sports Florida late last week. “I promise you this: We’re not going to lose 100 games next year. Not even close.”

But that doesn’t mean that Marlins fans should be expecting a wheeling-and-dealing type of offseason.

From beat reporter Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:

The basic plan in ’14 is to build from around the nucleus of players who endured more than their share of growing pains in a trying 2013.

Miami’s payroll parameters project to mirror the ’13 numbers — about $38 million.

In free agency, the Marlins aren’t expected to be in the market for high-priced players.

Miami tried hard last month for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, but the 26-year-old first baseman wound up scoring a record six-year, $68 million free agent contract from the White Sox. Whatever money Marlins ownership used in that Abreu pursuit will apparently be shifted toward bargain-bin free agent options.

The Marlins do have an impressive core of young players between staff ace Jose Fernandez, power-hitting right fielder Giancarlo Stanton and five-tool center fielder Christian Yelich. But Stanton is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter and will continue to get more and more expensive.

Samson and Co. claim the Marlins have a plan. But it’s hard to see it right now.

  1. andreweac - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Free Mike Stanton!!!

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    64 and 98. That would be better.

  3. aceshigh11 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Loria is a goddamn disgrace. He should be booted from the ownership pool by any means necessary.

    • chill1184 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Him and Fred Wilpon

  4. Anoesis - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Sun not expected to rise in west. Gravity not expected to go away. Atoms not expected to spontaneously fly apart.

    These are all immutable (unchanging over time or unable to be changed), along with Loria continuing to irritate Old Gator. Could they change? Possible, though hardly probable. Once those up-and-coming players get good enough to demand more money Loria will ship them out. He isn’t interested in winning, just in having a piggy bank known as revenue sharing. That’s his “plan.”

    • Old Gator - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:48 AM

      Scrooge McLoria doesn’t irritate me. It’s an autoimmune reaction.

  5. andreweac - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    “We’re not going to lose 100 games next year. Not even close.”

    He’s right. 120 losses might be possible.

  6. fatheruburu - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    72-90 would technically be “not even close” to 100 losses. However, that’s hardly something team management ought to be bragging about.

  7. theskinsman - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Sad for a team and their fan base to know ownership isn’t planning on even trying to be competitive.

    • shelbydawkins - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      That is…if they actually have any fans

  8. redsox711 - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Marlins will be the toilet of mlb with the Astros again.

  9. sumerduckman - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    “Samson and Co. claim the Marlins have a plan”

    Overheard conversation , David Samson to Jeff Loria, “”I have a cunning plan, m’lord.”

    • Old Gator - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Overheard, Scrooge McLoria proposing to disembowel the team via a moshpit trade with the Feather lice:

      Scrooge McLoria:

      There is no more but so: say it is done,
      And I will love thee, and prefer thee too.

      Larry Beinfest: ‘Tis done, my gracious lord.

      (Guffaw)

  10. dirtydrew - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    All they need is a new stadi…uh never mind.

  11. caeser12 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Marlins not expected to significantly increase payroll.

    In other news: Water is Wet, Fire is Hot, and the Sun is Bright.

    Back to you Jane.

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