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Haven't writen in a while, thought I might brush up. Kinda short, sorry.

 

As Meetings Rage On, Marlins Target Vlad

 

By Josh Clinton

 

For almost a year, Marlin fans shared a dream one in the same: Acquiring Montreal slugger Vladimir Guerrero.

 

It was first mentioned at the winter meetings in December 2002 that the Marlins were going to make heavy offer to Montreal for Guerrero that was eventually declined due to a trade that sent hard-throwing starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to the Chicago White Sox. Now, one year later, the unpheasable dream of acquiring one of the games top three players has become a please-pinch-me reality.

 

The Marlins and Baltimore Orioles seem to be the most likely suitors for Guerrero's services, and that short list could become even shorter within the next few weeks, possibly days. The Orioles have some $40 Million to spend on two superstars this off-season, and according to industry sources, Baltimore is very close to landing 2002 American League MVP shortstop Miguel Tejada and 1999 American League MVP catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

 

If the Orioles sign both Tejada and Rodriguez to multi-year deals, Guerrero could very well end up on the Marlins doorstep.

 

Other teams that had been mentioned in talks to acquire Guerrero included the Yankees, Braves, Angels, and Mets. These teams are no longer expected to be in the race for Guerrero, due to other acquisitions (Sheffield to the Yanks, Drew to Atlanta, Colon to Anaheim, Cameron to Mets).

 

Florida could make an offer for Guerrero as soon as Monday, pending moves by the Orioles. Two sources very close to Guerrero predicted the multi-talented superstar to end up in Miami with the Marlins.

 

There are several reasons Guerrero is expected to end up in Florida, such as very strong ties to the front office. Fred Ferreira, who signed Guerrero as a 17-year-old to the Expos out of the Dominican Republic, is currently a part of Florida's front office, and the two supposedly have a very good relationship. Another large advantage the Marlins have is being in a very Latin based community.

 

The Marlins wanted a superstar last off-season, and Admin Beinfest (with the help of Jeffrey Loria's wallet) found a way to get it done. Who?s to say they won't do it once more?

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I hope the Tejada signing moves the O's out of the Vlad hunt...

 

 

"Batting first for your 2004 Florida Marlins...Center Fielder Juan Pierre

Batting second...Second baseman Luis Castillo.....

Batting third, Left Fielder Miguel Cabrera..(Pause for applause...)

Batting clean-up..(pause..)..Right Fielder Vladimir Guerrero (5 minute pause for ear-deaffening applause...)

In the fifth spot... Third Baseman Mike Lowell

Batting 6th, 1st baseman Jeff Conine............."

 

 

...DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....

 

 

:mischief

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I hope the Tejada signing moves the O's out of the Vlad hunt...

 

 

"Batting first for your 2004 Florida Marlins...Center Fielder Juan Pierre

Batting second...Second baseman Luis Castillo.....

Batting third, Left Fielder Miguel Cabrera..(Pause for applause...)

Batting clean-up..(pause..)..Right Fielder Vladimir Guerrero (5 minute pause for ear-deaffening applause...)

In the fifth spot... Third Baseman Mike Lowell

Batting 6th, 1st baseman Jeff Conine............."

 

 

...DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....

 

 

:mischief

I think Cabrera will be hitting 5th, and Lowell clean-up, but that's just me.

 

And where is my boy Ramon? :p

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I hope the Tejada signing moves the O's out of the Vlad hunt...

 

 

"Batting first for your 2004 Florida Marlins...Center Fielder Juan Pierre

Batting second...Second baseman Luis Castillo.....

Batting third, Left Fielder Miguel Cabrera..(Pause for applause...)

Batting clean-up..(pause..)..Right Fielder Vladimir Guerrero (5 minute pause for ear-deaffening applause...)

In the fifth spot... Third Baseman Mike Lowell

Batting 6th, 1st baseman Jeff Conine............."

 

 

...DROOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....

 

 

:mischief

I think Cabrera will be hitting 5th, and Lowell clean-up, but that's just me.

 

And where is my boy Ramon? :p You put Lowell 3rd Bat so no matter what You Gotta pitch to Vlad :cool

 

Cabs Bats Fifth

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You put Lowell 3rd Bat so no matter what You Gotta pitch to Vlad :cool

 

Cabs Bats Fifth

But Lowell is strictly a pull-hitter who doesn't hit for a very high average.

 

Vlad can hit to all fields and hits for an extreamely high average, and that's what you look for in the ideal number three hitter.

 

And they don't need to really pitch to Vlad, because he swings, and hits, everything thrown at him. Lowell is different. They can choose to pitch him outside, and he'll get nothing to hit. Hitting behind Vlad, they'll be forced to pitch to him.

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You put Lowell 3rd Bat so no matter what You Gotta pitch to Vlad :cool

 

Cabs Bats Fifth

But Lowell is strictly a pull-hitter who doesn't hit for a very high average.

 

Vlad can hit to all fields and hits for an extreamely high average, and that's what you look for in the ideal number three hitter. I wouldn't call Lowell a strictly pull hitter. He goes the other way plenty of times. Do you remember Fenway?

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You put Lowell 3rd Bat so no matter what You Gotta pitch to Vlad? :cool ?

 

Cabs Bats Fifth

But Lowell is strictly a pull-hitter who doesn't hit for a very high average.

 

Vlad can hit to all fields and hits for an extreamely high average, and that's what you look for in the ideal number three hitter. I wouldn't call Lowell a strictly pull hitter. He goes the other way plenty of times. Do you remember Fenway? That is the ONLY opposite field home run I can recall Lowell hitting all year.

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:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

 

"And now your 2003 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!! Batting first... Playing CF #9 Juan Pierre

Batting second... Playing 2B #1 Luis Castillo

Batting third... Playing RF #25 Vlad Guerrero

Batting fourth... Playing 3B #19 Mike Lowell

Batting fifth.. Playing LF #20 Miguel Cabrera

Batting sixth.. Playing 1B #18 Jeff Conine

Batting seventh... In the bullpen #16 Ramon Castro

Batting eighth.. Plaing SS #11 Alex Gonzalez

And Batting nineth.. Your 2003 WS MVP #21 JOSH BECKETT !!"

 

 

 

 

WoW! I cant wait till Opening Day !!

 

:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

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:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

 

"And now your 2003 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!! Batting first... Playing CF #9 Juan Pierre

Batting second... Playing 2B #1 Luis Castillo

Batting third... Playing RF #25 Vlad Guerrero

Batting fourth... Playing 3B #19 Mike Lowell

Batting fifth.. Playing LF #20 Miguel Cabrera

Batting sixth.. Playing 1B #18 Jeff Conine

Batting seventh... In the bullpen #16 Ramon Castro

Batting eighth.. Plaing SS #11 Alex Gonzalez

And Batting nineth.. Your 2003 WS MVP #21 JOSH BECKETT !!"

 

 

 

 

WoW! I cant wait till Opening Day !!

 

:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

I can't wait till they hand out the rings and they so Pudge's ugly face on the jumbo tron. I'll boo my a** off.

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:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

 

"And now your 2003 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!! Batting first... Playing CF #9 Juan Pierre

Batting second... Playing 2B #1 Luis Castillo

Batting third... Playing RF #25 Vlad Guerrero

Batting fourth... Playing 3B #19 Mike Lowell

Batting fifth.. Playing LF #20 Miguel Cabrera

Batting sixth.. Playing 1B #18 Jeff Conine

Batting seventh... In the bullpen #16 Ramon Castro

Batting eighth.. Plaing SS #11 Alex Gonzalez

And Batting nineth.. Your 2003 WS MVP #21 JOSH BECKETT !!"

 

 

 

 

WoW! I cant wait till Opening Day !!

 

:wow :wow :wow :wow :wow :wow

I can't wait till they hand out the rings and they so Pudge's ugly face on the jumbo tron. I'll boo my a** off. Same here..Fuk that give Pudge's ring to Vlad!

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It's true what you say about both players, but i think this will probably be experimented with.

I would agree with that.

 

I'm sure McKeon will try a few swaps between Vlad/Lowell/Cabrera as the season goes on.

 

Listen to me, I make it sound like he's a Marlin already. lmao ! I shouldn't get my hopes up or I'll be in for a major dissapointment.

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Batting third... Playing RF #25 Vlad Guerrero

Batting fourth... Playing 3B #19 Mike Lowell

Batting fifth.. Playing LF #20 Miguel Cabrera

 

I would leave Cabs in the 4th spot. Y would you move Cabs back into the 5th spot when he was clearly our most productive clean up hitter last year in the playoffs.

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