Phase V: Regrowth Through Youth and Pitching
With their moves, the new Marlins of 1998 had only a $15 million total salary payroll. This was a staggering change from the $52 million of the year prior – leaving only 29% of the cost remaining. Livan Hernandez and Preston Wilson would make up some of the very few good pieces this team had left. All in all, the Marlins would become the first (and only in history to this point) team to lose 100 games in a defense of a World Series Championship.
1999 would be a year of change for the Marlins, though not necessarily in a positive moving direction. Wayne Huizenga finally sold the team; to Boca Raton native, John Henry. They also struck big in the draft, selecting future World Series MVP, Josh Beckett, with the first overall pick.