The Florida Marlins Are Making Moves.

The 2011 season was a trying one for the Florida Marlins; it started out promising with manager Edwin Rodriguez leading the way as his young team made some noise in the NL East. Then, the calendar switched to June, and Hanley Ramirez and co. forgot how to play baseball. They finished the month with a 5-23 record and without Rodriguez, who said he saw “the writing on the wall” and decided to resign and bail on his team when he needed them most. Jack McKeon tried to repeat his mid-season magic from the 2003 World Championship squad, but the Marlins ended up in the NL East basement with a 72-90 record and 30 games out of first place.

Even though the organization took a step back in 2011, the 2012 season is shaping up to be a very interesting one. before the last regular season game was played in 2011, Florida already acquired their new manager, former White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen. I think he will be a good match for the Marlins, who are a young team and may be more impressionable to respond to Guillen’s antics. the organization will also be opening up their brand new venue in downtown Miami…now the front office needs to make sure fans actually show up to games. Last year, the Marlins ranked 28th out of 30 teams in average attendance (19,007) only beating out Tampa Bay and Oakland. how is Florida planning on putting people’s butts in their brand new seats? Hmm…

Well, they apparently have plenty of money to spend, and they’ve already shown that they’re planning on making a big splash in the free agent market to help promote their new stadium. the team has been linked to virtually all of the players who will be sought after the most this winter. Reports came out earlier this week that they reached out to Jose Reyes the minute the exclusive negotiating period ended and have extended him an offer. Reyes and his team will be visiting Florida within the coming days to discuss playing for them and having Hanley Ramirez slide over to 3rd base, which would make a very potent left side of the infield. Florida has also dropped their name in the hats to contend for the services of either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols. now, I just read a report that Mark Buerhle will be visiting the team in South Florida to discuss whether there would be a fit between the two. Guillen would love that since he’s managed Buerhle for the last eight seasons in Chicago.

Usually, I would dismiss anything that the Marlins do when talking about spending money on free agent talent because they haven’t had a strong track record with it. if you want to talk about having a fire sale and dismantling their team one-by-one, then they would be on the top of my list. however, since their presence has been felt this much this early in the off-season, I have reason to believe that they’re going to land one of these big position players, whether it’s Reyes, Fielder, or Pujols. OK, more like Reyes or Fielder, but still, they have a state-of-the-art new stadium, there is a good group of core young players, a new manager with a new culture coming, and they reside next to South Beach…something is going to happen. Exactly what? I’m not sure, but I have a feeling that people are going to be talking about the Marlins this winter.

The Florida Marlins Are Making Moves.

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