With the hope of seducing baseball fans, the Miami Marlins aggressively spent a ton of money in free agency last season. The organization also presented fans as well as prospective free agents with its newly built stadium known as Marlins Park.
Key acquisitions, stars such as shortstop Jose Reyes (6 years/$106 million), starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (4 years/$58 million), and closer Heath Bell (3 Years/$27 million) were lured into Miami with the dream of taking the “new” Marlins to the World Series.
One hundred and sixty-two games later, not only did the Marlins fail to make the 2011-12 MLB playoffs, the team was dead last in their division (National League East) with a horrendous 72-90 record. The expensive bill that got many people’s attention in the off-season didn’t quite live up to management’s high expectations.
After one underachieving year, the Miami Marlins’ front office has suddenly pulled the plug on their “Dream Team” and has traded their top players to the Toronto Blue Jays.
FOXSports.com via reporter Ken Rosenthal was the first to release the news. With the epic trade, the Blue Jays are set to receive Miami starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. The Marlins have also traded shortstop Jose Reyes, utility man Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck to Toronto.
In return, the Miami Marlins will receive two shortstops, one being Yunel Escobar and the other to be Adeiny Hechavarria. Other players, such as starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, minor league athletes (Justin Nicolino and Jacob Marisnick) and catchers (J.P. Arencibia, Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson) will now be wearing Miami uniforms due to the trade.
With only one year having passed, it’s difficult to understand these moves from the Marlins. It seems to us that the Marlins got way too trigger-happy last year and now all of a sudden wants to return the gun.
What’s going on with the Miami Marlins? We’re asking the same question.
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