Before his first South Florida appearance as a Miami Marlin, Jose Reyes was texting with new teammate Emilio Bonifacio.

In spite of all the Reyes-Hanley Ramirez talk, perhaps equally important to the team's 2012 success is the Reyes-Bonifacio tandem.

The two speedsters will bat atop the order and potentially aid the Marlins in a sorely lacking area: manufacturing runs.

The Bill James Handbook since 2006 has calculated manufactured runs for every team. What qualifies as a manufactured run? According to the 2011 edition, any run in which "at least two of the four bases are accounted for by doing something other than playing station-to-station baseball."

Runs created sans hits are manufactured. Runs scored on homers are not. If two of the four bases are the result of a sacrifice bunt, stolen base, hit and run, or bunt single, the run is manufactured.

The Marlins in 2011 had one of the worst offensive seasons in franchise history in part because they ranked last in manufactured runs (116), two less than the 29th-place Cubs and 24 less than the 28th-place Phillies.

A year earlier they were middle of the MLB pack (t-16th) with 161 and in 2009 they ranked seventh with 169.

Among individual National League players last season, Bonifacio and ex-Marlin Cameron Maybin (32) tied for third behind Michael Bourn (36) and Reyes (35) in manufactured runs.

Second on the Marlins in that category: Ramirez and John Buck, each with 11.