Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/16/11

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, 3.52 in 30 games, and Duran hit .536, drove in five runs and scored 10 even though a rib injury limited the 27-year-old to playing in six of nine postseason games.  All three players have previous affiliated experience.

 This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes year round on Independent Baseball.  Fans may subscribe for 2012 at WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy his blogs, AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com and IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.)

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