Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton a powerful force for fantasy owners


As the 2017 fantasy baseball season approaches, we take a look at the biggest news and story lines from each club. We’ll feature one team each weekday … and we’ll finish up on Feb. 15, the first day all teams will have their pitchers and catchers on the field for workouts.

There’s no way to discuss the 2017 Miami Marlins without first mentioning the tragic September boating accident that claimed the life of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. It took away not only their best player, but also their clubhouse leader. The Marlins made some significant offseason additions to the pitching staff to combat the loss of Fernandez, but they’ll need full seasons from stars Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton.

2016 at a glance

Record: 79-82 (3rd in NL East)

Hitting: 27th (4.07 R/G)

Pitching: 10th (4.05 ERA)

Arrivals

SP Edinson Volquez

SP Dan Straily

RP Brad Ziegler

The signings of free agents Volquez and Jeff Locke reunite them with their former pitching guru in Pittsburgh, Jim Benedict – who’s now the…



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