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Michael Hill has dealt with a bunch of fire sales.
Much like we've seen before, the Miami Marlins decided to hold a fire sale during the offseason. A year after splurging on players like Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle, the Marlins went in the opposite direction this year.
With acts like this becoming redundant, you have to question how much power general manager Michael Hill possesses.
Marlins owner Jeff Loria has dismantled the ballclub twice in the last decade, leaving Hill without a lot of authority. You cannot blame Hill because he simply isn't given the resources.
And it's especially hard because a lot of the top players won't sign with Miami.
In a USA Today article, agent Scott Boras is quoted as saying:
"I've never had a franchise player there because it was just not something my client wanted to risk. (Marlins executives) were always upfront about it. They told me, 'We don't do no-trade clauses.' But it's very difficult to sell an expectancy to a player knowing that it might last for only one year.
Because of Loria's lack of spending (the Marlins' payroll went from $130 million to $30 million), Hill is put in an impossible situation.