The Marlins came to Queens last night as Exhibit A in the case that an off-season spending spree doesn't guarantee happiness and as a cautionary tale for Mets fans who spent the last couple of winters imploring the Wilpons to spend, spend and spend some more.

Miami ownership invested $191 million in free-agent contracts for Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle in an attempt to generate a rush through the turnstiles of the franchise's glittering new art deco ballpark, hoping against hope the quick fix would pay off with immediate success.

"Nerve-wracking," is how team president David Samson described his psyche in the flush of the winter meetings, during which the Marlins doubled down. "We need to be right and we will only know once they take the field.