Neon Tommy did their annual power poll for the upcoming season: the spring training edition. Personally, I don't care for power polls/rankings, but yet they still exist.
Here is what they came up with:
16. MARLINS - Aside from the recent slap on the wrist the organization got from Commissioner Bud Selig for being too cheap, the Marlins are on the right path. With excellent, cost-controlled players like Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Emilio Bonofacio and Josh Johnson leading the team, Marlins fans have reason to be excited. Remember, it was just a few years ago that Florida came out of nowhere with young starters Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett to win the World Series.
Actually, all that was agreed upon with the commissioner's office and MLPA was that the Marlins would increase the payroll once they made the new stadium home. Which they were planning to do anyway, eventually.
The next thing is: A.J. Burnett only played in 4 games for the Marlins in 2003 before having Tommy John surgery. Perhaps they are confusing him with Brad Penny. Who knows.
Like I said, power polls/rankings do nothing for me. But at times, I do find amusing in a baffling sort of way.