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Now the Marlins are bringing the heat

January 09, 2012|By Chris Sosa, RedEye

The Cubs' Theo Epstein and the White Sox's Kenny Williams may have created a monster.

Through their unrelated moves this offseason, they helped form a beast of a team that's prone to profanity-laced mayhem—and could win the World Series.

Meet the Miami Marlins, coming to a ballpark near you.

First, Williams traded Ozzie Guillen to Miami. Next, former Sox ace Mark Buehrle declined arbitration and signed with the Marlins. Finally, Epstein shipped pitcher Carlos Zambrano to South Beach. If you're counting, that's three no-hitters and two World Series rings between the three of them. You're welcome, Florida.

I didn't think it was possible, but the Marlins—who signed several other big-name free agents this offseason—are making as much noise in Miami as the Heat. I can't wait for Guillen to challenge LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to a Twitter smackdown.

In the meantime, Guillen and Zambrano in the same clubhouse is a hurricane waiting to happen.

"Is everything going to be perfect and incident-free? I think it would be hard to say that given [Zambrano's] history," Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president, told the Tribune. "But Ozzie is very confident he can help him. … It may happen there is a blowup or two, given the history. But going back to Ozzie, and I hate to put it all on him, he feels really comfortable the kid will do well here."

The inevitable chaos will be fun to watch for Chicago fans, many of whom tired of Guillen and Zambrano's baggage. But if I'm a Marlins die-hard, I'm lining up for season tickets.

This move might be just what Zambrano needs. If Big Z blows his top and comes after Ozzie, I can see Guillen introducing his fist to the pitcher's jaw—and smoothing things over that night over dinner. They'd end up with four black eyes between them, but their egos wouldn't stay bruised for long.

Not that I blame the Cubs or Sox for rebuilding, and I doubt Epstein and Williams have regrets, either. I just hope they've got some ear plugs handy if the Marlins actually make this bleepin' thing work. | @sayitissosa

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