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Marlins: What Yankees/Braves trade can mean for Fish

From ESPN's Jayson Stark (who will be on my show on 790 The Ticket tomorrow at 9:30am):

We told you that the Yankees have acquired Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan from the Braves for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn and prospect Arodys Vizcaino.

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark is hearing that Jason Bay is too pricey for the Braves and emailed this analysis: "Let's characterize the Braves' next move this way: The Vazquez deal frees up about $9 million for the Braves to spend on upgrading their offense -- Vazquez's $11.5-million salary and the half-million in cash they'll get from the Yankees, minus the $3 million or so Cabrera will make via arbitration. They'll now look to use that surplus on an outfield bat, a first baseman or possibly both.

"Johnny Damon is one possibility, particularly because his home in Orlando is within minutes of the Braves' spring-training complex. Another option is free agent Xavier Nady, who could play first or the outfield and would come at a relatively low base because he is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery.

"Or the Braves could look to deal an outfielder -- either Cabrera or possibly Jordan Schafer -- for a bat. They've been linked in trade rumors to Florida's Dan Uggla, who could potentially slide to first base."


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The Marlins are a joke. Samson & Loria have robbed the town.


How are the Marlins a joke? They have been competitive for the last 7 years, with a World Series to boot. The Pirates, the Royals, the Orioles, and the Nationals are, by definition, jokes.

Loria may be a lot of unpleasant things, but he is definitely not the worst owner this team has seen. That still isn't saying much, though.

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