Why the 2013 Blue Jays' Spending Spree Will Work Better Than the 2012 Marlins'

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Why the 2013 Blue Jays' Spending Spree Will Work Better Than the 2012 Marlins'
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The 2012 Miami Marlins utterly imploded.

Before the season, the team spent wildly in free agency to usher in a new era in their new stadium, unlike any offseason in Marlins' history.

Some of the big names included: Shortstop Jose Reyes for six years and $106 million, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle for four years and $58 million, reliever Heath Bell for three years and $27 million, as well as trades for volatile starter Carlos Zambrano and a mid-season trade for an aging Carlos Lee. 

The result was a last place, 93-loss season after which the Marlins unloaded nearly every big contract on the books, despite verbal promises to both Reyes and Buehrle against trading them.

With the 2013 season coming up, the Blue Jays have also had a surprisingly aggressive offseason, with two blockbuster trades.

They have acquired key players such as: Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, outfielder Melky Cabrera and versatile infielder Maicer Izturis.

More importantly, the Blue Jays acquired another blockbuster trade many of the former Marlins acquisitions, including: Buehrle, Reyes, starting pitcher Josh Johnson, utility player Emilio Bonafacio and catcher John Buck (later part of the trade to the New York Mets for Dickey).

The Blue Jays traded a ton of big prospects and are clearly going all-in this season much like the Marlins did.

Even though the Marlins’ spending spree was a disaster, here are six reasons why the spending will work much better for the Blue Jays:

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