Now that everyone is settled in, I feel that we need to talk. The Winter Meetings have been pretty exciting so far, huh? Man Pujols and CJ Wilson to the Angles? Who saw that coming?! Pretty sick rotation they'll have next season.
But we're not here to talk about the Angels. Or Pujols. Or Wilson. Let's talk about the Marlins. It's been unfamiliar territory for us with our club tied to every possible free agent out there. Big names too. And big bodies (literally). At one point it really seemed like we may sign Albert Pujols to play in Miami. Could you imagine? A lineup with Hanley, Stanton, Morrison and Pujols? Wow. That's a lot of home runs right there.
But we didn't sign Pujols. We didn't sign Wilson. We probably won't sign Fielder.
But we did sign Jose Reyes. We did sign Heath Bell. We did sign Mark Buehrle. And yet some people are disappointed.
Right after the World Series ended, and we discussed what our payroll could be and how much we could spend, we were told anywhere between $85 and $100 million. $85 million was probably more likely. What was our hopes? Ehh maybe just Mark Buehrle and some solid bench bats.
We did get Mark Buehrle. But we didn't get any solid bench bats yet. No we only got Jose Reyes, the guy who just won a batting title, and Heath Bell, one of the top closers in the game right now. We just made Chris Coghlan a bench bat. We have to SETTLE for Gaby Sanchez playing 1B.
My point is that Marlins fans should be proud of what the organization has done and has ATTEMPTED to do this offseason so far. Take some time to reflect on all of this. And we may not even be done yet. There is still FA pitching possibilities out there. Cespedes could still be a possibility. This has been a benchmark week in club history. We are serious about spending money and making his team a winner. Catch our moves. Cool. International. And so forth.
It's a proud time to wear these hideous colors.
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