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Marlins Trade Olsen, Willingham to Nationals

               The Marlins have traded pitcher Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham to the Washington Nationals for second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor-league prospects.

               Willingham said he was informed of the trade early Monday evening by Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations.

              Both Willingham and Olsen are due raises through salary arbitration.

              Bonifacio, 23, was traded to the Nationals in July by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has hit .240 in 169 major league at bats. But he is considered to be an outstanding fielder and has excellent speed. He stole at least 40 bases in four consecutive seasons in the minors.

             The Marlins will also obtain minor-league pitcher P.J. Dean and shortstop Jake Smolinski in the deal.

            

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Go Gators

3 speedsters at the top the lineup would be nice, any chave Uggla to 1st base?

mario

i think they could have gotten them three for one of them

Shain

Wow, here we go again!!! Another off-season of trades for minor league "prospects." This trade probably means Uggla will eventually be traded to the American League for more prospects and Bonifacio and Coughlan will fight it out to be our 2nd baseman.

I would have been ok with this trade if the only pieces were Willingham for 2 minor leagurs but including Olson I would have to say the Nationals got the better end of the deal and to do this within the division I'm kind of dumbfounded why Beinfest would do this. He usually makes great trades when they have to be done but this kind of has me scratching my head. It would have been nice to have Olsen as our number 3 guy. Oh well!!!

One more thing, trades like this are why I get upset with MLB. The major market teams (i.e. NY, Chicago, Boston, LA) continually raise their payrolls and compete year in and year out why small market teams (i.e. Miami, TB, KC, etc) have to continually fight to keep their payrolls at a low level and hope that if they make good trades they can compete one out of 5 years if their lucky. I do believe Loria can spend more if he wants to however. That so called "raise" in payroll spending to 40 million is basically a farce because H Ramirez new contract is going to cover most of that "raise" in spending. Tell me if I'm wrong!

There I got it off my chest. I should get back to work now.

ANGEL

BOO-HOO! DON'T MAKE ME CRY. THIS IS THE SAME TEAM THAT WAS PREDICTED TO BE LAST IN THEIR DIVISION LAST YEAR, AND ENDED KNOCKING OUT THE METS FROM REACHING THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. I LEARNED TO TRUST THIS TEAM'S DECISIONS. WHAT OTHER SOUTH FLORIDA TEAM HAS BROUGHT US 2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LAST 13 OR SO YEARS. THE MARLINS ARE STACKED WITH YOUNG PROSPECTS, WHO WILL EVENTUALLY BE GREAT PLAYERS THAT WILL BE TRADED FOR EVEN MORE GREAT PROSPECTS. IF IN THAT PROCESS WE CAN WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP OR TWO, WELL; THOSE ARE MY MARLINS. GO MARLINS!

hotnuke

Once we're in our own stadium with a retractable roof, where you can REALLY promote the hell out of the team and coming to the game because there's no chance then of a rainout, the team owners will raise the payroll, the Marlins will attract more attention, and the cycle we've endured since our inception will end. We'll then enter a new era of having a chance to win the title year in and year out. Gotta love that.

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