The Heat are favored to win the championship- yeah, saw that coming.
The Dolphins are winning multiple games in a row- hmmm, didn't expect that.
The Panthers are leading their division after a significant portion of the season- very surprising.
The Marlins are spending money in the free agent market- wait... the Marlins are spending money? WHAT???
Monday- Heath Bell.
Tuesday- Jose Reyes (booo!)
Wednesday- Mark Buehrle.
Thursday- Prince Fielder? C. J. Wilson? An "April Fools" announcement?
This is a team that cut payroll to $14 Million just 2 seasons removed from a World Series victory. This is Jeffrey Loria- an owner who has only once allowed the payroll to climb above the 20th percentile, and twice made significant payroll cuts while other division rivals were increasing salaries.
What's the end-game here? What's the philosophical shift? Is Loria trying to buy a world series? That might be a nice way to christen a new ballpark, but if you're a Marlins' fan, aren't you wondering why now, and why not sooner?
I really don't know what to make of these moves. As a Mets' fan, I'm not too thrilled about seeing one of our best pieces go to a division rival, or seeing said rival make such drastic improvements. But moreover as a fan of the game, I really don't know what to make of the sudden about-face on the part of Loria.