By Jeff Dickson, Director of Food & Beverage
The Major League Baseball Winter meetings are underway in Dallas, TX, and already we have seen some surprising moves being made. The Miami Marlins, already fit with a new name, stadium, logo and color scheme, are making an early splash with free agent signings. The team agreed to sign former San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell to a three year $27 million dollar deal and officially announced that signing on Monday. But the major move was the signing of former New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, one of the most sought after free agents in this class. The deal is for $106 million over six years.
The Marlins may not be done, however, as it is still rumored that they are in contact with Albert Pujols and his agent. Pujols, the best player of his generation and a career long Cardinal, would be on the top of every teams wishlist if not for his hefty price tag. This is what makes the Marlins pursuit of him so shocking; they have long been known as a franchise that struggles to draw fans and, thus, never has a high payroll. That is already changing with the signings of Bell and Reyes, so anything is possible.
Already making a push to be a National League East contender in 2012, a few more moves by Miami and they will start to be recognized as a legitimate World Series favorite next year. The signing of the best hitter in baseball would another move in the right direction. The only question, then, would be, Will Miami draw enough fans to make up for the price they are paying in free agency?
Jeff is entering his second season with the ‘Dads and first as the director of food & beverage. The Oneonta, NY native joined the Crawdads in 2011 as a concessions assistant, and has previously worked with the Oneonta Outlaws as a sports marketing intern. Jeff is a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and North Carolina Tar Heels.