Marlins look to avoid repeating history 

November, 12, 2011

The Marlins are working from a well-worn playbook as they prepare to open a new ballpark. The theory is that if they invest in big names, fans will be inspired to fill the place. Build it and they will come -- if you fill it with stars. Albert Pujols is a star, and so is Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle would be an excellent complement to Josh Johnson.

We don't yet know the substance of the offers made to the trio of players, and whether the proposals are designed for a nice public-relations show and timed as a corollary to the unveiling of the club's new name. A new ballpark, a new team, a new payroll, a new bank account. The Miami Marlins: They're not your dad's Florida Marlins.