Re-evaluating the Marlins and Blue Jays Trade

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The Marlins recently signed Chone Figgins to a minor league contract. This guy, back in 2009, was an MVP candidate for the Angels as he was a one-man wrecking crew getting on base, stealing bases, and scoring runs. His stint in Seattle, however, was a disaster. One of the heavy criticisms this offseason has been that the Marlins had a fire sale and shipped off their best players for nothing in … [Read more...]

I Like Turtles: Marlins Do the Small Things Right

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The turtle survives not by any particularly noticeable natural ability. Not on account of its strength, speed, or any other tangible asset. Indeed, no great poetic alliterations or epics are dedicated to the turtle. No great works of art. The turtle survives because of its awareness. Once it is threatened, it withdraws into its protective shell and allows its predators to attack, waste their … [Read more...]

John Buck is the Epitome of What the Marlins Did Wrong

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Want a better handle on how to assess the direction the Marlins are moving in? Look at John Buck. Back in the 2010 offseason, the Marlins leaped onto the hot stove scene by signing John Buck to a 3 year contract worth $18M at 12:01AM. The catcher had a great season in Toronto, hitting .281 with 20 home runs - the best production of his career. When he signed with the Marlins, he was looking … [Read more...]

Not Safe At Home: An Analysis of the Marlins Trade With the Blue Jays

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Some want to claim that this is the end of the line for the Marlins. That this deal will destroy their franchise and kill baseball in Miami once and for all. Others, a little more apologetically, urge caution and say that this deal does make baseball sense - if anyone is willing to listen to reason. Somewhere in the middle is the truth. Yes, the Marlins broke free of their three year watch … [Read more...]

Confused? Marlins Deal With Blue Jays Makes Sense When Put In the Right Perspective

So how do you repair a team fresh off a 93 loss season? You gut its roster and start over, right? Normally, this is the kind of thing that you would expect from a professional franchise. Your team loses 93 games, is near the bottom in most major offensive categories (29th in runs scored, 24th in batting average, 26th in on-base percentage, 24th in slugging percentage), and you expect change. … [Read more...]

Indefensible: Marlins Trade 5 Starters to Blue Jays

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Another Marlins' offseason, another salary dumping fire sale. The rhetoric will be that the team needs to save money, it's revenue and attendance figures didn't match their anticipated projections. The team, which spent $191M last offseason, vastly underperformed, too. Ozzie Guillen, the manager who the Marlins greatly anticipated, didn't deliver wins but instead problems and he was … [Read more...]

The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins consummated one of the largest trades in baseball history Tuesday, in what amounted to an epic backpedal from the Marlins’ aggressive spending less than one year ago. – MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

The Blue Jays are set to acquire starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck from the Marlins, sources told FOXSports.com. The Marlins will receive a package that includes shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major-league starter Henderson Alvarez, minor-league starter Justin Nicolino and center fielder … [Read more...]

Report: Mets discussed Bay trade with Fish – Mets Blog – ESPN New York

Marlins discussed deal to send Bell, Buck to Mets

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports. Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur. The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in … [Read more...]

Twitter Your Miami Marlins

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Just wanted to post an update on the Miami Marlins players that are available via Twitter: Heath Bell @heathbell21 Steve Cishek @srshrek31 Logan Morrison @lomomarlins Hanley Ramirez @hanleyramirez Emilio Bonifacio @elboni_1 Ozzie Guillen @ozzieguillen Eduardo Perez @perezed Gaby Sanchez @gabysanchez15 John Buck @14buckshot Brett Hayes @bretthayes9 Bryan Petersen … [Read more...]