Days of Marlins Past

The Marlins have a long history of getting rid of players that are about to make a lot of money. It wasn't that long ago that the Marlins were a promising young team with Miguel Cabrera, Josh Willingham, Dan Uggla, and Hanley Ramirez. They have all since been traded away for pennies on the dollar, and the Marlins are now the Marlins. It is certain that some of the players they acquired in their most recent fire sale will have decent major league careers, but then the Marlins will repeat the process all over again.  

Miguel Cabrera was a rookie in 2003 and thus survived the fire sale that preceded that, but as he approached the age of 25 as one of the best players in baseball the Marlins knew they weren't going to be able to afford him. They started shopping him and as everyone knew the price for a 24 year old with a career .313/.388/.542 batting line was high, but the Marlins are the Marlins and their main goal in trading a player isn't to get value, but to fill their coffers. The trade looked good at first. Cameron Maybin was thought to be a five tool center field prospect and Andrew Miller a future left handed Ace. No matter those players’ ceilings or what they could be they weren't Miguel Cabrera.

Since the trade Cabrera has become an even better hitter. Over his six seasons with the Tigers he is hitting .326/.403/.580 with two batting titles, a triple crown, and an MVP award. Miguel Cabrera is one of the best hitters of this generation. It is almost inexcusable that the Marlins traded the player at all, and it is made worse by what they got back. As far as the argument goes of the Marlins not having money Cabrera's contract is one of the best bargains in baseball. As a Tiger he has made $86.7 million, and has produced 27.7 fWAR. If one WAR equal $5 million then Cabrera has produced $138.5 million. In essence by trying to save themselves money the Marlins cost themselves over $50 million.     

The Nationals are not going to be happy to have to relive the long lost days when Cabrera would take the field in a teal uniform and launch homers into the upper reaches of RFK, but tonight they will. In 368 plate appearances against the Nationals, Cabrera is hitting .362/.455/.628, and he isn't the only former Marlin with a history of owning the Nationals who will be playing in this series.

No one was happier than the Washington Nationals when Anibal Sanchez was traded to the AL and far away from the division. The bad news is that the Tigers re-signed him in the off-season and that the NL East was scheduled to face the AL Central in inter-league play this season. As ridiculous as Cabrera's offensive numbers are against the Nationals Anibal Sanchez's pitching numbers are even more so. For his career he is 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA. As a team the Nationals have an OPS of .590 against Sanchez. Of the Marlins who have been traded away since the Nats moved to town these are the two they want to see the least.  

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