Free Agent Madness In Miami

Last year the Philadelphia Phillies shocked MLB fans everywhere when they signed Cliff Lee, adding the Cy Young winner to an already great staff, creating a World Series buzz. This off-season, an unlikely team in the NL East is creating all the buzz. The Miami Marlins are the talk around Major League Baseball with their super aggressive approach in the free agent market. A team that normally has one of the lowest payrolls in the majors is on the verge shocking the world!

The Marlins first grabbed closer Heath Bell last week, getting a stopper for the back end of the bullpen. Then signed prized free agent short stop Jose Reyes on Sunday, securing the most explosive lead off hitter in the majors. Today, the news is expected to drop if all world first basemen Albert Pujols will accept the Marlins 10 year, 200 million dollar contract offer. The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs also have offers on the table, but it seems right now Pujols is deciding between St. Louis and Miami.

Now that the Marlins are officially the Miami Marlins, it seems that management is willing to push all the chips to the middle of the table, shedding the label of a cheap franchise. They have a new name, stadium, uniforms, and most certainly will new line up when opening day rolls around. The top of the line up specifically would be one of the best in baseball with the addition of Pujols.

My projection:
1- Reyes SS
2- Morrison LF
3- H. Ramirez 3B/CF (CF if Hanley doesn’t put a huge stink up about 3B)
4- Pujols 1B
5- Stanton RF

… are you kidding me? The power in that line up is insane! With the addition of Pujols, it seems that the Marlins will be primed to use Gaby Sanchez as trade bait to bolster the starting rotation. The madness in Miami might only be getting started. The Marlins are reportedly interested in signing starting pitchers C.J. Wilson, and Mark Buehrle also. With ace Josh Johnson on the mend, the the line-up getting infused with star power. Could the Marlins be a serious contender?

The Phillies are getting old quick. Philadelphia’s free agent signings haven’t addressed any of the holes on the roster – SS and LF, only solidified the bench. The Braves have great young talented players, but the starting rotation needs help.

Have the Marlins have inserted themselves into the conversion for an NL East crown in 2012? Why stop at a division title when you can insert yourself into the World Series conversation too? … can’t stop, won’t stop!

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