|Last years batting champion, Jose Reyes.|
First; Jose Reyes. I totally understand that by all means Jose Reyes is a great shortstop. He's athletic and fast, decent on defense and an incredible hitter. Here's the thing about all that. Hanley Ramirez is even better. If you stack these two dudes up side by side Ramirez is statistically elite offensively and as a shortstop. I know you can't blame a fan for abiding to the stigma of a batting title, but upper management? Hanley Ramirez is too young and has been too successful to be replaced. Also, while Ramirez was banged up a bit in 2011 he looks like goddamn Iron Man compared to Jose Reyes. I realize that when you sign someone for a contract that huge you only really expect them to perform for half of it, but the narrative of Reyes' career is so riddled with injuries that it wouldn't shock me at all if he missed whole seasons of time on the DL.
|Heath Bell, pumped.|
The last two major moves by Miami are the signing of Mark Buehrle and the acquisition of Carlos Zambrano, from the South and North sides of Chicago respectively. Out of everything the Marlins did this offseason, I find the most logic in Mark Buehrle's contract. Buehrle is known to be a clubhouse leader and already has an established rapport with new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. The Marlins then decided to gamble derailing all of that chemistry and stability by needlessly acquiring the washed up, wailing baby Carlos Zambrano. I know that sounds harsh but I seriously can't stand someone who so thoroughly epitomizes unsportsmanlike conduct. If the Marlins seriously think this dude is gonna stay chilled out once the enchantment of a "new" team wears off then they don't know no Carlos Zambrano.
|Get used to this shit, Miami fans.|
One thing to consider is that the Marlins, after acquiring all three big name free agents, still made a very serious run at signing Pujols. That means they have money that they are willing to dole out. The market isn't going to be as crazy as it was this past offseason, but Albert Pujols doesn't come around more than once in a lifetime. I wouldn't be shocked at them trying to acquire Josh Hamilton or Cole Hamels or something like that. I don't think the Marlins as they are right now are going to contend within their window at a division title, but I don't think they are too far off. I'd say they end in second last place ahead of the Mets, the x-factor being Josh Johnson's health.