Buehrle and Ozzie, Marlins ’12?By
It was a jam packed night for Marlins news.
With a loss to the Mets officially eliminating the Fish from N.L. East contention and nagging injuries possibly ending the seasons of both SS Hanley Ramirez and RHP Josh Johnson, Marlins fans focus is quickly shifting to 2012.
Oh, the possibilities.
The newly minted Miami Marlins will be preparing to move into brand new Sun Life Stadium next spring and many wonder what kind of moves owner Jeffrey Loria will give the green light on this winter.
To this point there’s been a lot of speculation, and the gut feeling here is Loria, or Mr. Brightside, shoots for a huge splash in this, the stadium’s inaugural season.
Chicago Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez is a free agent and would definitely be a sensible choice to fill the Marlins hole at third
The consensus in some baseball circles is the Marlins are one front line starter away from competing, even in the stacked N.L. East.
Sink your teeth into this scenario.
Rumors have been swirling all season about Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen coming back to Florida where he once served as the team’s bench coach when the Marlins won the World Series in 2003.
In that scenario, it would make sense for White Sox free agent to be, LHP Mark Buehrle to follow his skipper to South Florida if the price is right.
Buehrle is having a career year, posting a sparkling 3.05 ERA, impeccable control and a curve ball with inexplicably more bite than in previous seasons. The Marlins desperately need a featured left-handed pitcher in their rotation.
His services will be highly sought after by some of the games biggest spenders and the 32-year old veteran has not dismissed the notion that he may retire at season’s end, but don’t overlook the Ozzie factor or the Marlins in the Buehrle sweepstakes.
Don’t touch that dial.