NL East preview: Marlins prospectus

Manager: Fredi Gonzalez

2008 finish: 84-77, third, 7 1/2 GB

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In: INF Emilio Bonifacio, LHP Dan Meyer, RHP Leo Nunez, RHP Scott Proctor, RHP Timothy Wood

Out: OF Luis Gonzalez, RHP Kevin Gregg, 1B Mike Jacobs, C Matt Treanor, OF Josh Willingham, C Paul Lo Duca, LHP Scott Olsen, LHP Mark Hendrickson, RHP Sergio Mitre, RHP Joe Nelson, LHP Arthur Rhodes

PROJECTED LINEUP

Cameron Maybin*, cf, .500-0-12

John Baker, c, .299-5-32

Hanley Ramirez, ss, .301-33-67

Jorge Cantu, 3b, .277-29-95

Dan Uggla, 2b, .260-32-92

Jeremy Hermida, lf, .249-17-61

Cody Ross, rf, .260-22-63

Gaby Sanchez*, 1b, .375-0-1

* - Spent most of season at Double A Carolina; Maybin .277-13-49; Sanchez .314-17-69

PROJECTED ROTATION

Ricky Nolasco, 15-8, 3.52

Josh Johnson, 7-1, 3.61

Chris Volstad, 6-4, 2.88

Anibal Sanchez, 2-5, 5.57

Andrew Miller (L), 6-10, 5.87

CLOSER

Matt Lindstrom, 3-3, 3.14, 5 SV

ESTIMATED PAYROLL: $33 million

THE STAT: Florida's projected rotation is one of the best bargains in baseball with the five starters, none older than 26, making a combined total of $6.15 million. That's about half of what Brett Myers will earn all by himself this season.

THE QUOTE: Second baseman Dan Uggla, being part of the Marlins' keystone combination with Hanley Ramirez: "Anybody who can play next to Hanley should really, really thank the baseball gods, because that makes everyone else just a better player. He just does so many different things in so many different aspects of the game."