JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins may have come up short in recent weeks in their bids to sign free agents James Shields and Francisco Rodriguez, but the organization remains positioned to make additions as the season progresses.
If necessary, ownership is giving the front office financial flexibility to take on payroll, should a player or two become available via trade. Ideally, the club hopes it has all it needs right now in Spring Training, but circumstances sometimes change.
"Obviously, our owner, Jeffrey Loria, did a lot giving us the flexibility to accomplish our goals this offseason," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "But he's made it abundantly clear that if we get into the regular season and there is an area, for some reason, we have to go do something, we can."
Even with the number of moves that Miami made in the offseason, the club still has a payroll in the bottom third of the league. That's largely because of how Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract was structured.
The two-time All-Star is making $6.5 million this year, which helped enable the Marlins to bring in other players. Miami also signed free agents Michael Morse (two years, $16 million) and Ichiro Suzuki (one year, $2 million).
The Marlins also received some financial relief, because the Dodgers are picking up all of Dan Haren's $10 million salary and Dee Gordon's $2.5 million. And the Yankees are on the hook for $3 million of Martin Prado's $11 million contract.
With their additions and Stanton's salary, the Marlins are responsible for roughly $70 million of their 2015 payroll.
The Marlins did try to sign Shields to solidify their rotation, but the right-hander went to the Padres for four years, $75 million. Miami's offer reportedly was three years at $50 million, plus a vesting option.
More recently, the Marlins tried to strengthen their bullpen depth by adding Rodriguez. They offered two years, $10 million, but K-Rod signed with the Brewers for two years, $13 million.
Miami doesn't have interest in reliever Rafael Soriano, who remains a free agent.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.