The Miami Marlins are looking to create the MLB version of the Miami Heat by throwing gobs of money at all of the biggest free agents available this offseason. They have reportedly offered King Albert a 10-year deal worth a yet-to-be-disclosed amount. The Washington Post is reporting that the deal trumps the nine-year, $165 million deal that the Cardinals put on the table in the spring.
They already have their Dwyane Wade (Ramirez). They then got Chris Bosh (Reyes), and now are only missing LeBron (Pujols.)
The Marlins franchise is undergoing a massive amount of changes this offseason, and are attempting to ensure that 2012 is a year to remember. They already switched their name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins (which makes sense, considering there is another franchise in Florida), and they completely redesigned their team logo.
They have built a massive new stadium that will be located right in the middle of downtown Miami in an attempt to attract more fans to watch a team that quite frankly isn’t used to seeing fans in seats. The old Florida Marlins consistently had one of the worst team attendance figures in all of baseball.
Then they went out and got a manager in Ozzie Guillen who has a World Series title and the sort of backbone to ensure that super-star players are living up to the gigantic deals they’ve signed. They also threw a three-year, $27 million deal at closer Heath Bell closer.
So you combine the big three and their star closer with future superstar Mike Stanton (RF), the intriguing Logan Morrison (LF), the reliable Omar Infante (2B) and a veteran in John Buck (C) who is coming off of a solid season…and you begin to realize how stacked this Marlins team would be.
Perennial Cy Young candidate Josh Johnson teams up with Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad to form a pitching rotation that would be among the better 15 in baseball, which is all you need with a lineup like that.
If Miami is able to pull off the Pujols deal, can you imagine a Reyes-Ramirez-Pujols top of the order? It’s pure insanity.
How they can afford this soon-to-be magical season is yet to be determined, but it's hard not to be extremely excited about the 2012 Marlins if they can land the greatest hitter of this generation.
Maybe there really is something about this whole “taking my talents to south beach” thing.