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Jeffrey Loria built a new ballpark and said he would open up his checkbook in order to fill the new stadium. Not many people believed he would as many big splashes as he did.
The first thing he did was bring in Ozzie Guillen to be their new manager.
Loria then grabbed Heath Bell and signed him to a three-year, $27 million deal, which is an absolute steal compared to Papelbon's deal.
The next thing they did was sign Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106 million contract. This created rumors about possibly trading Hanley Ramirez, but the Marlins will not do that. Ramirez will play third base in 2012.
Loria then turned his attention to the rotation. The Marlins already have an ace in Josh Johnson, but he missed most of 2011 due to injury. They also have Anibal Sanchez, but they needed a veteran, so Mark Buehrle was quickly signed to a four-year, $58 million contract.
If that was not enough, the Marlins then traded Chris Volstad for Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has a huge $18 million salary for 2012, but the Marlins only have to pay $2.5 million of that. The Cubs will pick up the rest of his salary.
A young offensive core of Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez to go along with a pitching staff featuring Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez, Juan Carlos Oviedo and Heath Bell will give the Miami Marlins a shot at the postseason in 2012.