Just in time for prospect season, we take a look at the idea of "windows" and a team's prime time to win. Inspired by what seems to be a once every three years rebuild for the Oakland Athletics, is there going to be a time where all their premier prospects hit and they'll have the best chance to win? Here we present the pleasures of trying to maximize production during one's service time.
16h in the series, we look at the Miami Marlins. Ranked 29th overall by John Sickels, they have no A-rated prospects but 8 B-rated prospects. Keith Law's 2012 organizational rankings sees their system slightly lower at 28th overall.
As one of the most active teams in free agency this offseason, are the Marlins seeing their window open now?
The additions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambrano should lead to about 7.6 wins according to CAIRO projections.
Reyes: 3.0 WAR
Buehrle: 3.4 WAR
Zambrano: 1.2 WAR
Finishing at 72-90 last season, hopefully they can get closer to 80 wins with this acquisition. In CAIRO's projected standings, they have the Marlins at the 82 wins. Here's what the Marlins are looking at for their 2012 roster.
*New acquisition, Current roster info from MLB Depth Charts
The thought is that their young lineup improves and propels them into possible wild card contention, which CAIRO thinks will take 88 wins. To Marlins fans, you'll be happy to hear that your window is now.