The Definitive Blueprint for a Successful Miami Marlins Offseason

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The Definitive Blueprint for a Successful Miami Marlins Offseason
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Billy the Marlin will probably high-five many Marlins fan if the organization has a successful offseason.

Sometimes, it's not the splashiest moves a team makes that result in a successful offseason, but rather the subtle ones that land in the transactions column instead of the front page of a newspaper or website.

The Miami Marlins should understand this concept by now, as in the last two offseasons they have executed some huge deals that have backfired in some shape or form.

In 2011, the Marlins surprised many as they signed Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to a combined $191 million in contracts, according to the Sun-SentinelNeedless to say, the Marlins splurged for a team that ended up finishing 69-93.

Following the mediocre season, the Marlins dumped Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as Reyes, Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick. Shortly after, the Marlins flipped Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for prospect Derek Dietrich. It's safe to say Marlins fans were not happy with the blockbuster trade as they expressed their anger on Facebook.

Oh, and the Marlins continued their losing ways as they lost 100 games for the second time in franchise history. 

But now, the Marlins have the opportunity to right the ship and steer themselves toward the path of success. Granted, it will probably take years for the Marlins to contend for a World Series title, let alone achieve relevancy, but they have to start somewhere. 

So, the following is a blueprint the Marlins could execute if they plan to have not only a successful offseason but a better 2014 as well.

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