By Steve Farace
Welcome to bizzaro-world.
What would you have said if 3 years ago I told you that the Marlins will have Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and were on the verge of signing Albert Pujols? Exactly! You would have told me I was insane and ended the conversation with “get the bleep out of here!” Now, let’s fast forward 3 years:
The Marlins are on the verge of signing Albert freakin Pujols. Are you kidding me?? The last place Marlins have already positioned themselves to leapfrog the Nationals and the Mets in the NL East and are now making a strong push to leapfrog the Braves, and possibly the Phillies. Can you imagine an infield made up of Hanley, Reyes, and Pujols? It would be the baseball version of the Big 3. Now add to that a Mike Stanton and a Logan Morrison and you have an insane lineup filled with RBI and HR’s.
The rest of the league (and the rest of baseball) needs to fear this monster. They need to fear this animal. The Marlins are for real and they are proving it in every way imaginable. They are still in on Mark Buehrle and CJ Wilson and they already have Heath Bell at the back of the bullpen. There are still a lot of what-ifs on this team – like the health of Reyes, Josh Johnson and Hanley to an extent. The pitching needs help as well, but if they are scoring 25 runs per game their current pitching staff should be sufficient.
Some people are a bit skeptical of the potential 10 year contract that the Marlins might be signing Pujols to. You can certainly understand that, can’t you? He is currently 32 years old (or so he says) and will be 42 when his contract expires. For all of you that think it is not a big deal please see Alex Rodriguez, his contract and his recent performance. Only time will tell, but for now the Marlins and their fans are having a great time being for real.