At the end of last season, all the talk was about the Florida Marlins re-branding themselves as the Miami Marlins. They changed their name as well as their uniforms. Then they went out and spent about $200 million while signing Free Agents, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. They are all gone.
Bell was traded the Diamondbacks last month. Now Reyes, Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio are headed to the Great White North.
It's been quite a ride for Miami Marlins fans. Here are some of the highlights/ lowlights of the last 14 months:
November 2011 - The Florida Marlins changed their name to the Miami Marlins. New uniforms introduced.
December 2011 - Signed MLB All-Stars Heath Bell (All-Star), Jose Reyes (All-Star) and Mark Buehrle (All-Star) for $191 million
April 2012 - $630 million Marlins Park opened
April 2012 - Ozzie Guillen suspended for five games after comments regarding Fidel Castro
July 2012 - Hanley Ramirez (All-Star) and Randy Choate traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers
August 2012 - Gaby Sanchez (All-Star) traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
October 2012 - Marlins finished dead last in the National League East (69-93)
October 2012 - Heath Bell (All-Star) traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks
October 2012 - Ozzie Guillen fired
November 2012 - Jose Reyes (All-Star), Mark Buehrle (All-Star), Josh Johnson (All-Star), John Buck (All-Star) and Emilio Bonifacio traded to the Toronto Blue Jays