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The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter

Nov 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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There are very few franchises out there whose decisions have been influences by payroll constraints and, in some cases, unadulterated parsimony than the Florida Marlins.  Every year the story is the same: incremental improvements, hope the kids get better and then, at some point, the departure of someone who has the audacity to make more than a couple million bucks a year.

But, as Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports, the fish may be swimming to a different … er, wait. You don’t “swim” to a “tune.” That’s just dumb.  Oh well, read this. I’ll be back with you in a moment:

This winter will be different. With a new $515-million ballpark set to open in April, the Marlins will raise their payroll to at least $85 million, a franchise record … “The payroll is going up. We want to make a very good showing in the new ballpark and add excitement. There’s a lot of things we’d like to do this winter.’

The 2011 payroll was $57 million, so if the team is to be believed, they’re going to spend a minimum of $28 million more in 2012. That pretty much puts any single move on the table from Albert Pujols on down.

No, to be sure, team president Larry Beinfest says the priority is pitching because it’s always pitching. And, as we’ve seen over and over again, a number of smaller, positive moves are usually more effective than making some big free agent splash, so don’t go thinking that the Marlins who — Jeff Loria at the top of the org chart notwithstanding — are run by some fairly smart people on the baseball side will just throw money at people all willy-nilly. But something different appears to be afoot in Miami. The actual opening of the purse strings.

At least as long as this isn’t all bluster as the Marlins try to sell season tickets to their new ballpark, later say “we just didn’t see what we needed on the market,” and go into 2012 with another $60 million payroll.

  1. wonkypenguin - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    They need to raise payroll to account for all the extra thread colors they used on those hats.

    • 78mu - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      They will be paying millions to discover more colors because that logo just doesn’t have enough. A staff of thousands is a small price to pay for colors other teams can only dream about.

    • bigleagues - Nov 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      The irony is this: despite what many, including myself, view as one of the worst logos in recent memory . . . the Marlins will have one of the top selling caps and jersey by the end of 2012 as Marlins fans and apparel fiends add the new look to their wardrobe. And this will only be fueled by a new stadium . . . and any potential new star player they are able to lure.

  2. kiwicricket - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    ”The payroll is going up. We want to make a very good showing in the new ballpark and add excitement. There’s a lot of things we’d like to do this winter.’

    Take it away Gator…. . . . .

    • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Yeah, the usual Scrooge-and-Chihuahua fan dance. They’ll spend some money, but the Pujols-Prince Corpulent rumors are most likely just a lot of divel-farting. I think Aramis Ramirez is a good prospect, but he’s an execrable third baseman. There are so many free agents out there this year, mid- to upper mid grade, that it’s hard to tell who they’ll spring for. Look for them to dangle Tweeter and a package for a James Shields type pitching trade, or perhaps even Gabby Sanchez if they sign Aramis and make Gabby expendable and can get a front end of the rotations starter for him.

      John Buck and his ridiculous contract – which although it is no Vernon Wells-class albatross still made no freaking sense last year and still doesn’t – remains the biggest dead weight on the payroll. If they can rid themselves of it, and him, without having to eat too much of it, look for them to ratchet up their budget a little bit.

  3. JBerardi - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    “At least as long as this isn’t all bluster as the Marlins try to sell season tickets to their new ballpark, later say “we just didn’t see what we needed on the market,” and go into 2012 with another $60 million payroll.”

    Oh yeah, the suspense is killing me…

  4. brucewaynewins - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    The last two times (that I recall) the Marlins raised payroll they essentially bought a World Series. They increased payroll in 1997 and 2003 and won the World Series. Then they shipped everyone out right after.

    • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      You must have built yourself a memory palace. Your recollections are clear and concise.

  5. cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Dear HBT; That hat is putting me off my food. For the love of dog gentlemen, have mercy! I’m trying to grow a gut here; I need to eat….

    • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      If you love dog, you ought to go to Bali and attend an authentic rijstaffel. Dog is one of the skewered meats usually offered with it. Woof, woof, thwack! sizzle, yum!

      • cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        Pass.

      • Old Gator - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        Pass fail.

  6. ThisIsBaseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    How much of it is wanting to impress with the new stadium and how much is getting the message from MLB/MLBPA that they don’t like what’s happening to the revenue sharing money and the Marlins front office is afraid of the hammer coming down on them?

  7. Walk - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    @kiwicricket
    See what happens when you feed gator? Now people are not eating.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    If they aren’t swimming to a different tune can’t something different be afin in Miami rather than afoot?

  9. Francisco (FC) - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    “The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter”

    They already did: they have new hats!

  10. lyon810 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    This logo is so brutal to look at, in all seriousness I would love to hear what people who are colour blind have to say about it.

  11. jcioffi1485 - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Let’s just see who will be willing to wear those ridiculous pajamas that they call uniforms.

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