Originally written December 16, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
The biggest splash this MLB Hot Stove season has no doubt been made by the fish. The Marlins spent big bucks on Jose Reyes, Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buerhle. They’ve done some thrift store shopping now to complement the “backing up the truck.”  From Bob Wirz, Indy Baseball Chatter: The Miami Marlins are not limiting their signings to those expensive major league free agents.  They have inked three players out of the American Association in recent days, which is not entirely surprising since the team’s new VP of Player Development, Marty Scott, managed in Lincoln, NE this summer.       Scott had both versatile Curt Smith and right-handed pitcher Garrett Sherrill with the Saltdogs while infielder German Duran was a late-season standout who helped Grand Prairie, TX take the league title.  Smith hit .335 with nine homers and 48 RBI for Lincoln, then led the Netherlands to a surprise championship in the World Cup, where he was awarded Most Valuable Player honors.       Sherrill went 2-1, ...
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