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Shrewd moves paying off for Marlins

They didn't get big headlines, but the Marlins' midseason acquisitions have paid huge dividends.

Updated: September 25, 2003, 4:55 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- They never thought they'd be here, riding the Wild Card Express on the same field where Dan Marino and Don Shula once roamed.

Six months ago -- heck, THREE months ago -- Chad Fox, Jeff Conine and Ugueth Urbina probably thought there was about as much chance they'd find themselves on the moon in the last week of September as in Pro Player Stadium.

But sometimes it's the deals you make and the guys you pluck out of the waiver-wire bargain bins that decide who makes the playoffs ...

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