Now that the trade deadline has passed and the dust has settled, the Miami Marlins have shown their true intentions.
They went into this season with intentions of winning early. The team's early blunders led to the dismantling of several key players, including 3B Hanley Ramirez, SP Anibal Sanchez, 2B Omar Infante and 1B Gaby Sanchez.
While many called this a fire sale, the Marlins' brass will tell you they simply made smart baseball moves that suited the team better in the future.
Even after receiving funding for a brand new state-of-the-art ballpark in downtown Miami and revamping the franchise, the team felt it was necessary to start over. Only time will tell if unloading their former stars for prospects will prove to be a smart move.
The Marlins will surely be looking to trade other assets this offseason. Look for the team to weigh offers for starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Carlos Zambrano and whoever will be foolish enough to take Heath Bell off their hands.
Justin Ruggiano has been one of baseball's "feel good" stories of the year in leading the team with a .355 average since being called up from the minors and actually given a fair chance. But Ruggiano's future also looks bleak, as many would be surprised if the Marlins offered the 30-year-old a multi-year contract extension.
While the Marlins' fanbase has every right not to put their trust in the current management and ownership group, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Here are three players the Marlins might want to build around and not trade this offseason.