- Jonah Keri, Page 2
Their best player is fighting to stay above the Mendoza Line. So's their new catcher. Last year's best power hitter was shipped out of town after getting too expensive. The second baseman they added to replace him is hitting like a glorified pitcher.
Yet here the Florida Marlins sit tied for the second-best record in the National League, and it's not a fluke. The Fish have the talent to be a legitimate contender this season.
Given its low payroll, you'd assume Florida would need to maximize every last ounce of roster utility to contend, particularly in the NL East. But that's not the case. The Fish just might have another group of young talent to rely on.