Miami Marlins

The Marlins were not good in 2015. They couldn't hit, and they responded to this by signing exactly zero position players for their starting lineup. They couldn't pitch, and they signed the underrated Wei-Yin Chen to help with that, but he's still just one guy. Luckily for Miami, they still have a lineup where seven of the eight players are under 30, and one of them is Giancarlo Stanton. Having a full season of Jose Fernandez will help, too, but it's clear the Marlins are thinking 2017 at the earliest before 2016 even begins.

Key Addition

Wei-Yin Chen was successful in the AL East for four years, and at his most successful in his most recent season there. Now, he's in the NL East, a division with three bottom feeders (only two of which Chen gets to face) that resides in a league without the DH, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Rogers Centre, or Orioles Park. We might be seeing Chen's top season to date in 2016.

All additions: Wei-Yin Chen, Edwin Jackson, Chris Johnson, Craig Breslow

Key Departure

Carter Capps is still on the roster, but he's going to miss the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. That's a massive blow to a bullpen already expected to be worked hard three out of every five games.

All departures: Henderson Alvarez

Best Case

Giancarlo Stanton is healthy for 162 games and hits so many home runs that the sculpture in center field needs to be taken in for repair. Jose Fernandez throws 220 innings and strikes out at least that many batters. Ichiro Suzuki reaches 3,000 hits in Major League Baseball, and on the way passes Pete Rose for the most hits all time, an honor Rob Manfred is all too happy to recognize in order to aggravate the still-banned Rose.

Worst Case

Jeffrey Loria makes Giancarlo Stanton the manager to save money after the players respond negatively to Don Mattingly's ban on facial hair. Stanton is fired from the organization in just 30 games after keeping himself out of the lineup for a day, and we miss out on dingers because Loria sues the next team that signs him, holding up Stanton's freedom from the owner who doesn't deserve him. Meanwhile, the Marlins respond well to interim manager Jose Fernandez, who is no longer allowed to pitch for fear that his arbitration raises will make him too expensive of a manager for Loria's tastes.

Projected Team

Lineup: Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour, Martin Prado, J.T. Realmuto, Adeiny Hechavarria

Rotation: Wei-Yin Chen, Jose Fernandez, Tom Koehler, Jarred Cosart, Adam Conley