Flying Fish

Short on cash, the Marlins need their pricier players to carry the team -- or maybe not

Updated: May 2, 2011, 11:52 AM ET
By Jonah Keri | FanGraphs
Getty ImagesStanton and Sanchez should provide a ton of pop for the cost of, say, one week of A-Rod in 2011.

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.

Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) is a staff writer for Grantland. His book, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team From Worst to First, is a national best seller. His new book Up, Up, and Away, on the history of the Montreal Expos, is now available for preorder.