Timeline: Major moments in the history of the Miami Marlins

Nov. 11, 2011: Florida Marlins become the Miami Marlins.

Dec. 5, 2011: Closer Heath Bell is signed as a free agent for three years, $27 million.

Dec. 7, 2011: Shortstop Jose Reyes signed as a free agent for six years, $106 million.

Dec. 8, 2011: Left-handed starting pitcher Mark Buehrle is signed as a free agent for four years, $58 million.

April 4, 2012: The Marlins lose 4-1 to St. Louis Cardinals in first game played at Marlins Park.

April 10, 2012: Manager Ozzie Guillen, hired on Sept. 29, is suspended five games for his comments regarding former Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro in Time magazine.

June 4, 2012: The Marlins trade for the Astros' Carlos Lee.

July 23, 2012:



Anibal Sanchez

and second baseman

Omar Infante

are traded to the



July 26, 2012: Shortstop/third baseman Hanley Ramirez and lefty Randy Choate dealt to the Dodgers.

July 30, 2012:

First baseman

Gaby Sanchez

sent to the


, and righty

Edward Mujica

shipped to the Cardinals


Oct. 20, 2012: Bell traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Oct. 23, 2012: Guillen fired.

Nov. 13, 2012: Opening Night starters Reyes, Buehrle, righty Josh Johnson, utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck are sent to the Toronto Blue Jays. Of the Opening Night starting nine, only Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison remain with the franchise.