10. Washington Nationals (30-28)
AL Comeback Player
Mariano Rivera (44 saves, 54 K’s, 2.11 era)
The Ozzie Guillen era is officially over in Miami after a short 1-year stint. The Marlins entered the 2012 campaign with high exceptions following the hire of Guillen along with the acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. The Ozzie Guillen era was off to a rough start in early April when he was suspended for 5 games following controversial remarks made about Fidel Castro. “I love Fidel Castro … I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf*cker is still here.” The controversial statements were a real concern to Marlins ownership, specifically considering the large population of Cubans in the Miami area. The Marlins concluded the 2012 season with a 69-93 record and a last place finish in the National League East. Don’t feel bad for Ozzie as he will still collect $7.5 million over the next 3 years. Enjoy the paid time off Mr. Guillen.
Typical Ozzie Rant circa 2008:
With the 2012 MLB pennant races drawing near its time for teams to declare themselves buyers or sellers for the remainder of the 2012 season. Sports with Balls will be on top of all the deals as they go down in July & August. Check back for regular updates.
As the 2012 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline comes to a close; Mike, Bill & Scott took 45 minutes to discuss the deals that went down in July click below to listen.
Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays, Tigers, White Sox, Rangers, Angels, Athletics, Nationals, Braves, Reds, Pirates, Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers
Twins, Royals, Mariners, Marlins, Phillies, Brewers, Cubs, Astros, Rockies
Players potentially available via trade in August:
Jeff Francoeur, Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Matt Capps, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Lee, Josh Johnson, Heath Bell, Aramis Ramirez, Francisco Rodriguez, Randy Wolf, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, Chase Headley, Clayton Richard, Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza, Carlos Marmol, Jason Giambi, Rafael Betancourt, Stephen Drew.
The Deals that have gone down: