Miami Marlins – New Stadium, New Manager, New Players, Same Old Story

Miami Marlins NewsThis was going to be a new year for the Miami Marlins. The team formerly known as the Florida Marlins, would move into a new $550 million stadium with all the latest accouterments.

Of course, owner Jeffrey Loria had argued  since buying the team in 2002, that it was pointless to spend money on top players without a domed stadium.

All that was in the past. Its was a new day in Miami.

Loria went out and hired a new manager in Ozzie Guillen.

The Marlins went on a shopping spree for new players.

They signed José Reyes to a six-year, $106 million deal , to play shortstop. They would ask Hanley Ramirez to move to third base, which he reluctantly did.

The Marlins decided they needed a new closer, Heath Bell to a three-year $27 million deal.

Mark Buehrle was signed to a four-year $58 million deal.

The team brought in Carlos Zambrano from the Cubs, because surely Guillen could help exorcise the demons Zambrano was sure to bring.

Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Lee was acquired in a trade in early July, again, Guillen had had experience with Lee.

The Marlins opening-day salary jumped from $56.9 million in 2011 to $118 million in 2012.

That’s what a new Stadium can do for a team. South Beach had become the land of milk and honey.

With core players like budding superstar Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison, the Marlins were bound for the playoffs again.

At some point during the last couple of weeks, the Marlins decided to change direction, not necessarily to a better destination, but to something more familiar.

It Was over Before it Started – Marlins Giving up on 2012

The new and improved Marlins organization lasted nearly to the end of July. As it turns out Guillen hasn’t endeared himself to the community.

Yesterday, starter Anibal Sanchez and veteran second baseman Omar Infante were traded to the Detroit Tigers for prospects.

Larry Beinfest summed it up this way “Let’s face it,” he said while announcing the deal according to The Miami Herald. “The current group that was here was not winning. We’ve lost contact with the division. We’ve pretty much lost contact with the wild card. It was time to restructure.”

And with that the fire sale had begun, something Marlins fans have seen before.

The Marlins are now entertaining offers on Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Lee, yes that Carlos Lee the one they just acquired, and Randy Choate.

Furthermore , sources say the Marlins will “absolutely try and try hard” to move closer Heath Bell, but the team isn’t optimistic that such a move will happen.

 

 


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4 Responses

  1. […] the Marlins decided they were going to make wholesale roster changes, Ramirez became the prime target of several […]

  2. […] Marlins (44-49)- After spending boatloads of money in the offseason, the Marlins have yet to play up to the standards that were expected.  If the Marlins do not put together a winning streak soon, it seems as if almost all names on the roster will be subjected to trade talk. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, Josh Johnson, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez have been all been discussed in trade talk to this point. […]

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  4. […] in a new publicly funded stadium. With the stadium in place the Marlins and the buzz long gone the Marlins began purging big salaried players 2 1/2 months into the 2012 […]

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