With the Dolphins putting together a late season surge and the Heat preparing for another controversy filled campaign, the Miami Marlins continue to plant the seeds of a potential juggernaut. Possibly the piece which could cause a ripple effect, the Marlins have come to terms with former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to the tune of $102M over six years (how’d your paycheck look last week?).
Pending Reyes can avoid the injury bug, the Marlins just snagged one of baseball’s more unique talents from under a division rival’s nose. To make matters even more enticing, All Star Hanley Ramirez has allegedly adopted the philosophy of “teamwork makes the dream work.” Word around South Beach is saying he’s already agreed to make the transition over to third base. Free agent closer Heath Bell inked a deal with Miami last week, and given everything squares away with his physical, will serve as a welcomed addition to Miami’s bullpen. Now, with several key instruments in place, here’s where the cooler talk comes into play and the rest of the NL East forms a collective “Manning face.”
Could this be the piece the Marlins needed to lure Albert Pujols away from St. Louis? Dream teams mean nothing in sports as we’re all aware of by now, but an infield of Pujols, Ramirez and Reyes is about as daunting as you’ll fine anywhere in baseball. Sources – the word Chris Broussard deserves a cut from every time it’s used – have said Miami will make several hard pitches towards the future Hall Of Fame first baseman over the next few days and that South Florida is supposedly his first choice if he decides to leave the Cardinals.
Jesus, be an angel in the outfield next season for my Atlanta Braves.
Previously: Is South Florida In For Another “Big Three”?