Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/1/14
What a difference a year makes. Optimism was brimming in Miami early in 2012 as the Marlins went on an offseason spending spree to accompany a new look and a new stadium. The additions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell brought an infusion of All-Star talent to an already dynamic core of young studs: Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton. After moving into a tie for first place on June 3, things unraveled quickly for the new-look Marlins. Franchise cornerstone Hanley Ramirez was flipped to Los Angeles ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, just days after talented starter Anibal Sanchez and veteran infielder Omar Infante were shipped to Detroit. First baseman Gaby Sanchez was also moved midseason, and the wrecking ball kept on swinging into the offseason. Heath Bell and his bloated three-year, $27 million contract were moved to Arizona. Only then did the fire sale erupt into a five-alarm blaze. In a blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays in November, the new-look Ma...
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