What is going on in with the Marlins? They have notoriously been a team with a salary cap under 40-45 million per year, to now where they have already signed two of the top free agents this off season in Heath Bell and Jose Reyes. There has already been many changes for the organization including the change of the team’s name from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins. They have also built a new stadium in Miami, however, it has been recently reported that the SEC will begin a full investigation on the funding for the new stadium. It is believed that the organization found a loophole with the state taxes and ended up having the entire stadium completely funded without anyone knowing, sounds pretty shady to me, typical Miami deal.
As far as Pujols is concerned, I really didn’t see him seriously considering any offer from the Marlins because LezBeHonest, they are the Marlins, the team who sells they’re superstar players that have won them two World Series since 1997. Some of these players include: Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sheffield, A.J. Burnett, Derrek Lee and Juan Pierre. After trading or letting these players leave via free agency, the Marlins would rebuild for the next 3-5 years and be title contenders again. However, now they are trying to become contenders in the same way the Yankees and Red Sox do, by purchasing high price free agents rather than building through a steady farm system.
While I can’t say that the acquisitions the Marlins have made so far are a bad idea, I think that they could potentially be in over their heads if they end up signing Albert Pujols. The franchise has no experience in signing superstar free agents and could learn the hard way how inflexible they could become without these huge contracts in place. If I were in the Marlins front office, I wouldn’t worry too much about Pujols, but rather turn my attention to some starting pitchers such as Mark Buerhle and or C.J. Wilson.
It will be very interesting to see how everything plays out during the winter meetings but I do think that a lot of the superstars will be locked up in the next two or three days.