Ready for another?

The Florida Marlins are uncharacteristically throwing their money around this off-season in order to get over the hump in the National League East when the season begins later this year.  They locked up one of the brightest young pitchers in the game today to a four year, $39 million dollar, contract earlier this week.  Coming off his first All-Star appearance and boasting a record of 15-5 with an ERA of 3.23, the Marlin’s are banking on Josh Johnson their ace for years to come.  Since returning from injury in 2008, Johnson has displayed some of the best stuff in baseball and durability is no longer an issue. Second baseman Dan Uggla will be back for another go-round, signing a one year deal for $7.8 million.  The former All Star belted out 31 home runs with 90 RBIs in 2009.  After hitting for a paltry  .243 average, the Marlins are looking at all options concerning Uggla.  Look for him to be shopped heavily before the season begins. Also pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto have been retained for 2010.  Sanchez, who pitched a no-hitter in 2006, signed a 1 year contract for $1.25 million while Pinto will be getting 1 year and a little over a million per season.  Both will be counted on this year whether it is in the starting rotation or for relief out of the bullpen. It’s never too early to get ready for your Fish, so pick up those season tickets and gear up for another exciting season of Marlin’s baseball!