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Results of The Florida Marlins 2005 Offseason “Market Correction”

(From left) Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez, and Miguel Olivo were just a few new faces in after the Market Correction.

(From left) Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez, and Miguel Olivo were just a few new faces in after the "Market Correction."

  • October 2 after the Marlins’ last game of the season, manager Jack McKeon retired. 
  • October 3: The Marlins made their first offseason moves, releasing relief pitchers John Riedling and Tim Spooneybarger. Riedling had a 4-1 record and a 7.14 ERA during the season; Spooneybarger, who had not played since 2003 due to rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, had to have the surgery a second time during the season and missed the 2006 season as well. Screwball specialist Jim Mecir retired following the Marlins’ last game of the season. 
  • October 19: Joe Girardi was hired as the new manager. Girardi, who was hired at age 41, became one of the youngest current managers in the major leagues. 
  • Few of the coaching staff, aside from infield/first base coach Perry Hill an d bullpen coordinator Pierre Arsenault, were expected to return, as Marlins GM Larry Beinfest told them to seek employment elsewhere. Pitching coach Mark Wiley and bullpen coach Luis Dorante came under fire during the season due to the late-season struggles of Burnett and the season-long struggles of the Marlins’ bullpen. Similarly, hitting coach Bill Robinson was often blamed for the Marlins’ offensive woes throughout the season, and in particular for his failure to get Pierre and Lowell out of season-long slumps. Girardi hired Jim Presley as a replacement for Robinson, and also hired Rick Kranitz as the new pitching coach and Bobby Meacham as the new third-base coach. 
  • Closer Todd Jones, P A.J. Burnett, 1B Jeff Conine, INF Lenny Harris, OF Juan Encarnación, SS Álex González, P Brian Moehler, P Ismael Valdéz, and P Paul Quantrill were among the Marlins’ players whose contracts expired following the 2005 season. Following the playoffs, they declared free agency. Burnett signed a five-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth 55 million; Jones signed for two years with the Detroit Tigers, and Moehler elected to remain with the Marlins. The Marlins declined to offer arbitration to Jeff Conine, Ismael Valdez, Paul Quantrill, Juan Encarnacion, Damion Easley, and Mike Mordecai, therefore ending their tenures with the club. Soon after announcing a plan to relocate (see below), the Marlins started to shed payroll by dealing their highest-paid players for minor-league prospects, in a series of moves reminiscent of the “fire sale” in the 1997 offseason but the club announced that it was more in their opinion of a “market correction”. 
  • November 21: Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell traded to the Red Sox for minor-league prospects shortstop Hanley Ramirez, and pitchers Aníbal Sánchez and Jesús Delgado. The deal was made official three nights later, and also included the Marlins sending Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox and receiving minor-league pitcher Harvey Garcia. The Beckett trade left the Marlins with just one member of their rotation on Opening Day in 2005, Dontrelle Willis. The Marlins will fill most of the remaining rotation spots with young pitchers such as Jason Vargas, Josh Johnson, and Scott Olsen, all of whom they had recalled from their Class AA affiliate during the 2005 season. 
  • November 23: The Mets and the Marlins agreed on a deal to move Carlos Delgado to the Mets for first baseman Mike Jacobs and pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit. Also, the Marlins would have to pay $7 million of Delgado’s remaining contract. When the deal was made official the next day, the Marlins also received minor-league infielder Grant Psomas. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins passed up the Mets’ offer to give them center fielder Lastings Milledge, who was at the time ranked the Mets’ top prospect according to Baseball America. Combined, the two trades allowed the Marlins to reduce their 2006 payroll by $27 million. However, the Marlins were not yet done reducing payroll. 
  • Paul Lo Duca was traded to the Mets for two players to be named later; these players turned out to be pitcher Gabriel Hernandez and outfielder Dante Brinkley. Longtime second baseman Luis Castillo was traded to the Twins for pitchers Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler, and Juan Pierre to the Cubs for pitchers Sergio Mitre, Ricky Nolasco, and Renyel Pinto. Of the seven players that the Marlins acquired in these three deals, only Mitre and Bowyer had any major-league experience when they came to the Marlins. 
  • To replace Castillo, the Marlins selected Dan Uggla from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 draft. Uggla played in the Arizona organization at the Class AA level in 2005; he became the Marlins’ starting second baseman in 2006 . 
The 2006 Florida Marlins Roster and Payroll ($14,998,500):
Dontrelle Willis $4,350,000.00
Brian Moehler $1,500,000.00
Wes Helms $800,000.00
Miguel Olivo $700,000.00
Matt Herges $600,000.00
Miguel Cabrera $472,000.00
Alfredo Amezaga $340,000.00
Sergio Mitre $330,000.00
Chris Aguila $327,000.00
Joe Borowski $327,000.00
Jeremy Hermida $327,000.00
Mike Jacobs $327,000.00
Josh Johnson $327,000.00
Carlos Martinez $327,000.00
Randy Messenger $327,000.00
Ricky Nolasco $327,000.00
Hanley Ramirez $327,000.00
Eric Reed $327,000.00
Matt Treanor $327,000.00
Dan Uggla $327,000.00
Jason Vargas $327,000.00
Josh Willingham $327,000.00
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The following chart shows total Opening Day player payroll figures for 2005 and 2006 (based on USA Today figures, which may differ from other sources): Blue 2006, Purple 2005

Despite their sub .500 winning percentage, the Marlins were able to accomplish very promising feats in their innagural “youth movement” season.
  • On September 6, rookie Aníbal Sánchez pitched the fourth no-hitter in franchise history.
  • Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla was named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year for the National League and won the Players’ Choice award as the league’s most outstanding rookie.
  • Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez won the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Ramirez’s numbers at season’s end drew comparisons to Alfonso Soriano. For the first time in league history, six of the twelve players that received Rookie of the Year votes were Marlins. Uggla finished third in the voting and starting pitcher Josh Johnson, fourth; starting pitchers Scott Olsen and Anibal Sanchez and left fielder Josh Willingham received one third-place vote each.
  • Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera earned the 2006 Silver Slugger Awards in National League, and finished second in batting average in National League. The Marlins had four rookie starters who had each won ten or more games: Sánchez, Nolasco, Johnson, and Olsen. The 2006 Marlins were the first team in major-league history to have four rookie pitchers accomplish this feat.
  • Joe Girardi won the National League Manager of the Year award.

At the end of the 2007 season, the Marlins traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Eulogio De La Cruz, Burke Badenhop and Dallas Trahern. This move was primarily motivated to dump salary as well as strenghten their defense and pitching with the departures of Armando Benitez and Aaron Boone. Shortly afterwards, Hanley Ramirez signed a 6 year $70 million dollar extension. With vacancies at third base, the Marlins offered one year contracts to Jorge Cantu and Dallas MacPherson.

 

A Look at the 2008 Florida Marlins (Courtesy of Baseball Prospectus):

As of today, the Marlins are 1.5 games out of first place in the NL East and 7 games over .500, a pretty incredible feat considering Alex Rodriguez’s salary is higher than the entire Florida Marlins 25 Man Roster Payroll.

Top offensive performers by VORP

Hanley Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez
55.2 VORP
Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla
38.4 VORP
Jorge Cantu
Jorge Cantu
26.4 VORP

Top pitching performers by VORP

Ricky Nolasco
Ricky Nolasco
21.9 VORP
Scott Olsen
Scott Olsen
15.7 VORP
Renyel Pinto
Renyel Pinto
15.1 VORP

Hitters by VORP Decreasing:

Rank Player PA R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG MLVr EqA Sorted Descending
VORP
1 Hanley Ramirez 509 88 23 3 25 50 57 99 26 11 .295 .381 .531 .292 .310 55.2
2 Dan Uggla 420 69 28 1 26 67 48 117 4 1 .270 .362 .567 .290 .311 38.4
3 Jorge Cantu 484 67 29 0 19 62 28 79 4 2 .291 .339 .484 .163 .284 26.4
4 Josh Willingham 248 38 14 3 8 32 31 50 2 2 .275 .379 .483 .206 .305 14.1
5 Cody Ross 336 38 15 3 16 54 25 71 4 1 .248 .307 .475 .056 .269 12.9
6 Jeremy Hermida 442 63 21 3 15 53 36 107 5 0 .260 .330 .440 .057 .268 11.9
7 Mike Jacobs 361 46 17 2 23 63 22 86 1 0 .243 .288 .512 .074 .272 11.8
8 John Baker 80 10 2 0 4 14 12 19 0 0 .246 .367 .462 .137 .000 4.7
9 Luis Gonzalez 297 22 17 1 6 36 34 32 1 2 .259 .340 .402 .023 .263 4.5
10 Mark Hendrickson 36 4 2 1 0 1 1 21 0 0 .265 .286 .382 -.099 .232 4.5
11 Alfredo Amezaga 236 29 11 2 2 16 16 33 5 2 .270 .326 .367 -.043 .247 4.0
12 Josh Johnson 12 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 .273 .273 .455 -.018 .178 1.8
13 Scott Olsen 51 1 0 0 0 3 2 17 0 0 .186 .222 .186 -.523 .143 1.5
14 Renyel Pinto 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000 -.130 .282 0.5
15 Doug Waechter 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 -.661 .090 0.0
16 Lee Gardner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.1
17 Justin Miller 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.1
18 Eulogio De La Cruz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.1
19 Joe Nelson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.1
20 Kevin Gregg 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.1
21 Jai Miller 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.232 -0.3
22 Jason Wood 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .333 .000 -.521 .158 -0.3
23 Logan Kensing 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.233 -0.3
24 Christopher Volstad 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .125 .125 .125 -.820 .000 -0.3
25 Anibal Sanchez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.105 -0.4
26 Rick Vanden Hurk 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 .048 -0.7
27 Wes Helms 214 24 10 0 4 26 15 52 0 0 .247 .313 .363 -.088 .244 -0.8
28 Ryan Tucker 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -1.243 -.232 -1.0
29 Burke Badenhop 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .083 .083 .083 -.963 -.143 -1.0
30 Robert Andino 66 7 2 0 2 9 4 23 0 0 .213 .262 .344 -.226 .208 -1.9
31 Matt Treanor 208 18 7 0 2 18 16 47 1 0 .240 .309 .311 -.166 .226 -2.1
32 Ricky Nolasco 47 1 0 0 0 1 2 23 0 0 .077 .122 .077 -.892 -.124 -2.7
33 Brett Carroll 17 1 0 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 .062 .118 .188 -.757 -.124 -2.7
34 Andrew Miller 32 1 0 0 0 3 0 16 0 0 .067 .067 .067 -1.019 -.183 -2.8
35 Paul Hoover 42 1 1 0 0 2 2 17 0 0 .200 .238 .225 -.443 .137 -3.2
36 Jacque Jones 44 5 0 0 0 2 6 8 0 0 .108 .227 .108 -.634 .065 -5.6
37 Mike Rabelo 122 9 1 0 3 10 8 25 0 1 .202 .256 .294 -.308 .192 -6.0

Pitchers by VORP Decreasing:  

Rank Player W L SV G GS IP H9 BB9 SO9 HR9 ERA SNLVAR WXRL Sorted Descending
VORP
1 Ricky Nolasco 11 6 0 24 22 142.7 8.52 2.14 7.38 1.26 3.91 2.9 0.129 21.9
2 Scott Olsen 6 6 0 23 23 142.0 8.24 3.30 4.94 1.33 3.87 2.9 0.000 15.7
3 Renyel Pinto 2 3 0 60 0 60.0 6.60 5.25 8.25 1.05 3.30 0.0 2.188 15.1
4 Kevin Gregg 6 4 24 53 0 52.0 6.40 4.85 7.62 0.17 2.42 0.0 2.220 14.2
5 Doug Waechter 3 2 0 38 0 56.0 7.39 3.05 6.91 0.96 3.38 0.0 1.052 10.5
6 Joe Nelson 2 1 0 34 0 31.0 6.97 4.06 11.03 0.58 1.74 0.0 0.133 10.4
7 Matt Lindstrom 1 1 0 43 0 37.7 9.32 4.30 7.65 0.00 3.35 0.0 0.879 8.5
8 Josh Johnson 2 0 0 5 5 29.7 10.01 3.64 6.98 0.91 3.34 0.9 0.000 7.8
9 Christopher Volstad 2 2 0 5 4 27.7 8.78 3.58 6.83 0.33 3.25 0.7 0.112 6.5
10 Logan Kensing 3 1 0 34 0 43.0 8.37 5.65 8.16 1.47 4.19 0.0 -0.490 6.4
11 Justin Miller 4 2 0 43 0 44.7 8.26 3.83 8.46 0.81 4.03 0.0 0.762 3.4
12 Anibal Sanchez 1 0 0 1 1 5.7 9.53 3.18 6.35 0.00 3.18 0.2 0.000 1.5
13 Arthur Rhodes 0 0 0 2 0 1.0 0.00 0.00 27.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.098 0.6
14 Rick Vanden Hurk 1 1 0 4 4 14.0 12.86 6.43 12.86 0.64 7.71 0.2 0.000 -3.5
15 Lee Gardner 0 0 0 7 0 6.7 18.90 5.40 5.40 2.70 10.80 0.0 -0.027 -4.2
16 Burke Badenhop 2 3 0 13 8 47.3 10.46 3.99 6.65 1.33 6.08 -0.4 0.051 -4.6
17 Taylor Tankersley 0 1 0 25 0 17.7 11.21 4.08 6.62 3.06 8.15 0.0 -0.371 -5.2
18 Eulogio De La Cruz 0 0 0 3 1 4.3 12.46 14.54 4.15 2.08 16.62 0.0 -0.019 -7.8
19 Andrew Miller 5 9 0 20 20 100.7 10.46 4.47 7.15 0.54 5.63 0.3 0.000 -9.1
20 Mark Hendrickson 7 8 0 23 19 115.3 10.30 3.36 5.38 1.33 5.93 -0.2 0.175 -10.5
21 Ryan Tucker 2 3 0 10 6 34.3 11.01 5.77 6.82 2.10 8.39 -0.3 -0.109 -11.0

Sources:  Wikipedia.com, Hardballtimes.com, Baseball Prospectus

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