What a difference a year makes. At this point last season the Marlins were just the Marlins. Fresh off an offseason where they dealt a fan favorite in Dan Uggla and were going in with lame duck manager Edwin Rodriguez, they weren't expected to contend.
A year later, the Marlins have lived up to the definition of a rags to rich story, or at least the beginnings of one. They were a small-market team basically in fire-sale or thrift store mode every four or five years because they didn't have a stadium deal.
And after winning the "lottery" with the deal a few years ago, they have done what any new millionaire would do. Spend! Spend! Spend!
In human terms, the Marlins went to court to file the paperwork for a name change, done. They went to plastic surgeon and got a face-lift of epic proportions; new logo, uniforms, and a tie-dye Billy the Marlin, check. And after going under the knife, of course you have to go shopping. In comes Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, among others, while just missing out on Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, and Yoenis Cespedes at the local silent auction.
While this may end up a bumpy ride, it promises to be an entertaining one filled with drama, but one we could only hope results in wins.