Can Marlins challenge Mets in NL East?

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David Wright and Giancarlo Stanton are the highlights of their respective NL East lineups.

The R.A. Dickey trade obviously brightens the Mets' long-term prospects. But what about 2013?

The consensus seems to be the Miami Marlins are destined for last place, with the Mets slotting into fourth. Take a look at the comparative lineups, which feature Giancarlo Stanton and David Wright, then a drop in talent.

Miami is still looking for a low-cost third baseman, while the Mets still need to add at least one righty-hitting outfielder capable of starting as well as a veteran challenger for Jenrry Mejia as fifth starter.

The departed Dickey, it should be noted, is 10-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 15 career appearances (13 starts) against the Marlins.

Marlins projected lineup

Juan Pierre, lf

Donovan Solano, 2b

Justin Ruggiano, cf

Stanton, rf

Logan Morrison, 1b

Rob Brantly, c

Greg Dobbs/Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b

Adeiny Hechavarria, ss

Ricky Nolasco

Jacob Turner

Nate Eovaldi

Henderson Alvarez

Wade LeBlanc/Alex Sanabia/Brad Hand/Tom Koehler

Steve Cishek, closer

Mets projected lineup

Ruben Tejada, ss

Daniel Murphy, 2b

Wright, 3b

Ike Davis, 1b

John Buck, c

Lucas Duda, lf

Mike Baxter, rf

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf

Jon Niese

Matt Harvey

Johan Santana

Dillon Gee


Frank Francisco, closer