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Top 10 MLB storylines for 2012

Updated: January 3, 2012, 9:17 AM ET
By Buster Olney

We have already ranked the top 10 teams, lineups, infields, outfields, bullpens and rotations heading into the 2012 season.

As we wait for Prince Fielder to make his decision, here are the top 10 stories for 2012:

1. The attempted rebranding of the Miami Marlins

They are baseball's great gamblers, having bet heavily on a complete overhaul of the organization: A new ballpark, a new color scheme, new uniforms, a new manager, a new shortstop in Jose Reyes, a new rotation leader in Mark Buehrle, and a new closer in Heath Bell. Some baseball executives fret over the strategy, but it's worked for other teams, such as the San Francisco Giants. If the Marlins rush to the top of the standings next season and immediately establish a new era, this has a chance to be an extraordinary success. If the Marlins flame out early and fans don't show up, epitaphs for the franchise will be written.

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