The Marlins not only have a new look. They apparently have some new money. A team that was crying poor for years is suddenly trying to spend money like the Yankees. An offer to Mark Buerhle.
Another offer to Jose Reyes. And a “competitive” offer to Albert Pujols. That’s Albert “can stay in St. Louis for $200 million” Pujols. All this, after they spent a bundle to get Ozzie Guillen to manage. Where did they get all this cash ?
I thought they were so broke they needed help to build this new ballpark. So broke that Major league baseball ORDERED them to beef up their payroll. Now, it seems the Marlins were playing possum all the time. Jeffrey Loria had the money. He just didn’t want to spend it….until now.
It proves the Marlins were content to be mediocre until it made financial sense to be better. Good business..but bad baseball. I suppose the Marlins felt they could not afford to be honest. People are more likely to rally behind a poor franchise trying to compete than a rich dude sitting on his cash.
I would have respected them more if they had just told it like it is. However, my memory is short. I’ll get over it on Opening Day 2012 if Reyes leads off with a walk and scores on a Pujols home run. After Buerhle gets the final out in his no hitter, I’ll be calling Loria savvy. But I still won’t trust him.