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Pujols? With Reyes, Marlins now need pitching

Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:57 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 2:19 am
DALLAS -- Heath Bell opened some eyes. Jose Reyes opened some jaws.

But even with that, Miami isn't done in what is shaping up as the Winter of the Marlin.

Albert Pujols? Are they serious?

Indications late Sunday evening were yes, they're dead serious about pursuing Pujols even with Reyes bagged at six years and $106 million and Bell signed for three years and $27 million with a vesting option for a fourth year at another $9 million.

Question is, is adding Pujols a good idea? Or, at this point, is it simply the Marlins being silly?

Answer: Unless there's enough money to sign Mark Buerhle or C.J. Wilson after Bell, Reyes and Pujols -- and in a sentence I never, ever expected to type, even the Marlins must have a limit -- the noveau riche Fish are just being silly.

Adding Reyes to a dynamic lineup that includes Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton and All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez makes the Marlins an instant contender ... if they can pitch.

Adding Bell as their first legitimate closer in years solidifies their contending status ... if they have enough starting pitching to get the ball to him for 40 or 50 saves in 2012.

With Josh Johnson having crossed the 200 innings threshold only once in seven big-league seasons, and with Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad underperforming in 2012, what the Marlins need most is to back a much-improved lineup with pitching.

With the Reyes agreement, sources here Sunday night said the club absolutely has enough money to sign Bell, Reyes and a free agent starter such as Buehrle or Wilson. That is absolutely the way they should go.

Sure, Pujols, 31, is sexy and the Marlins right now are looking to throw their weight around. But now is the time to use brains, not testosterone.

No matter how the contracts are structured, if they commit in the neighborhood of $275 million or more to just two players -- Reyes and Pujols -- that is insane. Especially when their pitching would remain questionable.

Look for the Marlins to investigate the trade market this week because, assuming Reyes is not their last free-agent haul, they're going to have excess somewhere. They bag Pujols, Sanchez will be available. They add a starter, Nolasco could find himself on the trade block.

It's going to be a wild week here with the Marlins, perhaps a week unlike any other in their history. But what they don't need is to leave Dallas with a lasting hangover.

Tempting as Pujols is, pitching is where they should focus.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:06 am

Pujols? With Reyes, Marlins now need pitching

I like the idea the front office has in making the team more attractive to the Latin population, but the team needs pitching. Pujols is nice, but not for as many years as the Marlins are offering.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:28 am

Pujols? With Reyes, Marlins now need pitching

"Sure, Pujols, 31, is sexy and the Marlins right now are looking to throw their weight around. But now is the time to use brains, not testosterone." LOL, great line by the way I love it.  But on to serious matters, the Marlins have had issues with their starting rotation over the last few years.  They, as you pointed out, have not had anyone that can go into the 7th inning without throwing 100+ pitches.  Part of the theory of blown saves goes to the pen being wasted by July since they always have to come in by the 6th and pitch out the last 4 innings.  Yes, their closers have been a bit shakey (Leo didn't scare anyone with his off speed crap) but at the same time they have had issues finding set up pitchers because the starters have been so bad.  I think Heath Bell can close out more opportunties than Nunez or any other solutions since Todd Jones in 2005.  The Fish have been playing musical chairs since trying Borowski, Gregg, Oviedo aka Nunez with average at best results.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:07 pm

Pujols? With Reyes, Marlins now need pitching

I don't think that Pujols is going to be Marlin any time in the future

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