Yes, I know the joke about he was already in shape, box. But you know what they mean.
Based on several accounts, any general manager employing that reasoning might ultimately regret it.
Cabrera has spent the offseason training at Davie-based Perfect Competition Athletic Development, which tailors comprehensive performance enhancement, skill development and nutrition programs for pro and amateur athletes.
"He's already gotten great results. He's dropped weight. His muscle, his body composition is improving. His flexibility and agility is already improving. In a very short period of time, he's already made significant gains that are noticeable."
Friend and fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen, the White Sox's manager, corroborated that account. Speaking at the Winter Meetings on Monday, Guillen estimated Cabrera has lost at least 15 pounds.
And it goes on.
You know, that is great and all and I'm happy for Cabrera but something doesn't strike me the right way about this. Especially now that it is possible he will be playing for a new team and he is all of a sudden serious about getting into shape and trying to be the best ballplayer he can be?
Maybe it is as Guillen says, that he has matured, but still it would've been nice if he would have made that effort to be a Marlin. Which, of course, he still may be when it is all said and done.
Now comes my favorite part.
While I agree for the most part the Marlins baseball people know what they are doing, but never made a bad trade? I beg to differ and I won't even bother going back beyond last season.
How about Yusmeiro Petit for Jorge Julio or Randy Messenger for Armando Benitez? While the two deals may stay in Marlins lore for a very long time, it won't be because of their success.