Marlins feeling a need for speed on offense
JUPITER, Fla. -- Minus substantial power, the Marlins will be relying more heavily on speed in hopes of generating runs.
"Guys who can run, we're going to let them go," manager Mike Redmond said. "I've always liked to be aggressive. Now, it's not going to be crazy running."
At the top of the order, the team features Juan Pierre, who leads all active MLB players with 591 career stolen bases.
The 35-year-old, expected to lead off, swiped 37 bases while with the Phillies a year ago.
The 2012 Marlins were active in the running game, stealing 149 bases, the third most in the Major Leagues. But from that squad, Jose Reyes (40) and Emilio Bonifacio (30) have since been traded. And Hanley Ramirez, dealt to the Dodgers last July, chipped in with 14 before being moved. Omar Infante, traded to the Tigers in July, added 10.
Justin Ruggiano stole 14 bases, and Giancarlo Stanton is capable of reaching double-digits.
"We're going to have to find ways to put pressure on defenses," Redmond said. "That's going to have to be part of our game."