CHICAGO – Miguel Cabrera, the subject of enough trade innuendo to deserve his own section in NAFTA, wagged a bat as he walked past home plate at Wrigley Field. Arms crossed, looking very much like someone of importance in a power-red sweater, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stood by the batting cage and nodded toward Cabrera.
"Why would I move that guy? Never," Loria said. "I'm building this team like I do art collections: One great work at each position."
Never mind that the Marlins, as currently constituted, are closer to a group of finger paintings. They are young and talented, managed by the sharp Joe Girardi and assembled by shrewd GM Larry Beinfest. They have two stars in Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, two raw diamonds in shortstop Hanley Ramirez and outfielder Jeremy Hermida, a potential rotation with Jason Vargas, Scott Olsen, Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson – all under 25 – and a loaded minor-league system.
Yet a pall hangs over the Marlins franchise, one that fuels theRead More »from Time for Fish to cut bait?