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Loria, Samson, and company finally shed the stinginess and commit to being players this Winter
The laundry list of free agents this winter resembles that of the 2010 NBA. Despite the incredible star power at all positions (Pujols anybody?) there is also a gratuitous amount of supplementary talent to acquire for decent asking prices. The Marlins have holes to fill at center field (if Chris Coghlan cannot improve), 3rd base (precipitating a move for Bonifacio to the OF) and of course the omnipresent necessity of good pitching. Add to that the potential trade bait in Leo Nunez, Randy Choate, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco and Hanley Ramirez, and the Fish could be big winners. All six of these players are absolute necessities to the team, but if a starting pitcher is traded to a big market team for excellent AAA prospects, or Choate is dealt to the Yankees who have inquired about his services, the Marlins could have excellent pieces in place for an imminent run.
These Marlins have an emerging lead-off star in Emilio Bonifacio, who has hit safely in nearly every game since his streak of 26 was snapped. Omar Infante will return from injury after scorching NL pitching in July and early August. Surely able to keep up this form, his later efforts in the season merely a microcosm of his acclimation to Miami. John Buck is heating up, learning the ropes of NL pitching. Florida has quite a few full time starters in their first year and their hard work is beginning to show as they begin to catch heat.
The Marlins are a piece or two short of serious playoff implications.