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- Updated: September 13, 2012
The lovely thing about every lousy baseball season is that it comes to end, and afterwards, we have the off-season. And with the off-season comes, free-agency! Now you’re probably saying, “wait a minute, I’m a Marlins fan and we already tried that!”, and that’s understandable. But here’s why the Marlins aren’t going to do that again.
Last off-season was about making a splash, showing off, and immediate results. They went out and got the biggest names and didn’t think twice that they were planting the seeds for the biggest under-performance by any “dream team” (a term that holds little meaning these days) since the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. The Marlins brass had their big “hoo rah!” and opened their glistening new palace for baseball, but what now? The Fish have sold half their team and find themselves once again in the gutter of the National League. Things aren’t as bad as they seem, not at all.
The Marlins have a core of extremely talented players, (Jose Reyes, Justin Ruggiano, and need I say? Giancarlo Stanton), and they have a lot of spending money for another group of players to complement the talent they have. One of the holes made by the “fire sale” was at third base, a lot of people speculate the Marlins will make a run at David Wright, if they do, that kills to birds with one stone. They get a real first baseman, and a much needed bat in their lineup. Another free-agent this off-season is Josh Hamilton, I don’t need to tell you why we need him.
If you add these marquee names with the likes of promising athletes such as Rob Brantly and Jacob Turner, it could be a great few seasons coming up. So I guess the moral of the story is, if you try something incredibly risky and fail miserably, try again!