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We are about to witness the end of an era in Marlins baseball.
The soon-to-be Miami Marlins are going to be more active this offseason than ever before.
Owner Jeff Loria is usually known for being rather stingy with his money and how he supports the team's payroll.
2012 will be different, though.
According to Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post, payroll for the Marlins in 2012 could hit $100 million for the first time in franchise history.
If this is the case, Miami will seek rotation depth and an offensive spark.
At this point in time, with the Marlins' offseason outlook looking bright, don't discount the Fish entering bidding on any free agents.
That's right. If Miami chooses to trade some young talent for a more "win now" friendly package of players to fill the center field and third base holes, payroll could be spent on one of the big fish (no pun intended) in the free-agent pool.
However, a trade for offensively gifted position players would require Miami to part with the talents of Gaby Sanchez and the young Logan Morrison, two of the club's most productive young players.
In the case where the team would like to fill in those positions from the free agency, options like Aramis Ramirez and Coco Crisp present themselves.
This would give some security for third base and center field and give the club a chance to seek starting pitchers in the trade market.
There are a number of needs that the team will need to address in the offseason and a number of ways to fill them with the new allowance of resources.
Regardless of how they satisfy these needs, the Marlins are certain to be one of the most exciting teams to watch this offseason.
You might even want to pre-order bandwagon tickets.