Perhaps one of you can answer this for me. Apparently the Florida, I mean Miami, Marlins have made offers to Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Ryan Masden. Where is Miami's magical money tree?
I know the Marlins are christening a beautiful new ball park this year and they're expecting attendance to go way up. Lord knows it can't go down much further. But what if attendance doesn't go up? How are they going to fulfill these massive contacts? Rumor has it they've offered Albert a "substantial" amount over nine years and Reyes $90 million over 6 years. There's still money left for Buehrle and Masden after that? How are they affording this? Inquiring minds want to know.
The Marlins have always fascinated me in a train-wreck kind of way. They basically bought a World Series title in 1997 and then had a massive fire sale. They did the same thing in 2003. It's no wonder they have such a weak fan base. But what really intrigues me is that they always trade away their best players (Josh Beckett, Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera) but still manage to stay competitive. I guess it goes back to their farm system and trading good players (the ones they won't be able to afford to re-sign) while they can still get something good for them.
Knowing how the Marlins have operated year after year and seeing what is going on now makes very little sense to me. It's so out of character and hard to figure out. Are they attempting to buy another World Series title? For the sake of their fans and the integrity of baseball, I hope not.
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