The Marlins are gambling that new faces will help offer protection to Stanton, who is coming off a subpar year. Jones hit 15 home runs last year in a platoon role for Pittsburgh, and Saltalamacchia hit 14 homers for Boston. McGehee is a bigger gamble; he hit 28 home runs in 2013 -- in Japan. Furcal missed all of last season recovering from elbow surgery.

TOP ROOKIES: LHP Andrew Heaney, the organization's top prospect, should open the year at Double-A Jacksonville, but a call-up in 2014 isn't out of the question. Heaney, 22, went a combined 9-3 with a 1.60 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) in Class A and Double-A last year.

LHP Justin Nicolino, who could join Heaney in the majors this year, might open the year at Triple-A New Orleans. Nicolino, 22, finished 8-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 27 starts in Class A and Double-A in 2013.

3B Colin Moran, the Marlins' top draft pick last year, will open the season at Class A level but will start the year in major league camp. He is at least a year away.


--C Jeff Mathis (broken right thumb) was hurt last September. He should be fully recovered at spring training.

--RHP Kevin Slowey (right forearm tightness) is on track to head into spring training healthy.

--OF Marcell Ozuna (torn ligament in left thumb) tested his thumb in the offseason by playing some winter ball in the Dominican Republic. He is expected to arrive for spring training healthy.

--2B Rafael Furcal (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) missed all of last season. Switching from shortstop to second base in 2014 should help the recovery of his throwing elbow.