ESPN’s SPORTSNATION is starting a Marlins vs. “don’t call me Devil” Rays debate. Who is better off? Sean McAdam picks the Rays:
Track record should mean something here. The Marlins have won championships twice and rebuilt both times. Their front office — Larry Beinfest, Mike Hill, Dan Jennings — has proven an ability to recognize and develop young talent and has been locked up for the long term, ensuring stability.
But there’s no denying that the Rays’ talent pool is greater. Their outfield is already more accomplished and assuming Longoria and Brignac are as good as advertised, the infield stands to be better, too.
The real advantage, however, comes in the pitching department. A projected rotation of Kazmir, Shields, Garza and Price — augmented by others — is clearly superior to what the Marlins have in stock.
Finally, there’s no guarantee — given Florida’s self-imposed payroll limitations and penchant for dealing off young stars — that Ramirez will be in a Marlins uniform in 2010.
My choice is the Rays; let the debate begin!
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Gonzalez, 40, is expected to fill a combination of roles, including left field and first base, and serve as a mentor for the Marlins’ younger players.
Interesting that he is saying left field, meaning the Marlins are serious about giving Maybin the starting CF job.
Gonzo has slowed down significantly over the last couple of years but the team is hoping he provides depth and most importantly veteran leadership.