Opening up the payroll, however, didn't produce the results the organization expected. So, before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins parted with some established players, who carried big contracts.
One of the moves was dealing Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, which removed $40 million on Miami's budget through 2014.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, have made a huge financial commitment to players. Not only did they take on Ramirez's contract, on Saturday they finalized a major deal with Boston. Los Angeles acquired Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.
The Dodgers took on $270 million more in contracts.
Miami manager Ozzie Guillen says money alone doesn't mean anything.
"Money gets you better names," Guillen said. "It doesn't guarantee you any wins. That's it. That's all it is. Money gets you better names. Better chance.
"This is not the NBA. You bring two or three guys in. Baseball is different. It's all about picking the right players at the right time and going for it. We spent a lot of money to bring in a lot of names. Look at us right now."
Guillen called the Dodgers-Red Sox deal good for baseball.
"Maybe this is a chance for them to make the playoffs, and get a World Series ring," Guillen said. "When you have the opportunity, and the money to go for it, I think you go for it.
"That's a great trade for them [Boston]. They moved a lot of money, and can do a lot of things for their future. I think this is a great trade for the Dodgers, because they think they can win. Everybody does what they think is the best for their organization."