Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 12/31/11
Happy New Year, folks. Let me preface this final post of 2011 by thanking everyone for committing the time to read this blog and offer opinions. No doubt the Miami Marlins are sure to continue providing plenty of compelling subject matter for us to digest here in 2012. The Marlins were unable to pry away Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics in 2011, but their resolve to add another impact starter won’t lessen in 2012. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Marlins are pursuing Cubs right-hander Matt Garza. Garza for me is a lot like Ricky Nolasco. Both broke into the majors in 2006 and have similar numbers in several categories. You could probably argue Garza has done a better job fulfilling his potential, but neither pitcher has enjoyed a breakout, Cy Young-conversation season. Garza, who turned 28 in November, is arbitration-eligible for two more seasons before qualifying for free agency. His 2012 salary could approach $10 million. Nolasco, who turned 29 earlier this month and s...
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