The Miami Marlins “Fire Sale” Has Already Begun


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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. 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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10 Responses to The Miami Marlins “Fire Sale” Has Already Begun

  1. Jeremy Wiebe says:

    Great trade for the Jays. They’re back in contention in the AL East. It is time to contract the Marlins. A horrible franchise led by a horrible owner.

    • CDR says:

      We don’t think we’ve ever seen a franchise go crazy in free agency just to trade everyone again the next season. It’s clear that the Marlins’ front office is in disarray right now.

  2. tophatal says:

    Fans in Miami were bent over and simply sodomized by the organization . Never mind the fact that the lame a##ed politicians have now placed the residents on the hook for $575 million venue that was barely filled in its inaugural season . GM Michael Hill , SVP Dave Sansome , team President Larry Beinfest and owner Jeffrey Loria are a lying bunch of muth-###$ers .

    • CDR says:

      Well said Alan. Marlins fans are scratching their heads right now. It’s hard to understand just what exactly happened.

  3. tophatal says:

    Your thoughts on the now percolating rumors over the possible sale of the Carolina Panthers? Dropped you an e-mail on that.

    • CDR says:

      The Panthers were 2-14 in 2010, 6-10 in 2011 and are currently now 2-7 in their division. Regardless of the Cam Newton acquisition, judging from the past two years alone, the Panthers’ should consider new management. It’s clear something needs to change.

  4. 101 simple ways to alienate a fan base.

    I think Marlins ownership accomplished most of them this season.

  5. Fabio Belzi says:

    The Miami Marlins have been just disappointing. They really need to make a splash in the off season as they just can score runs but, their pitching is descent.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Fabio. With the Marlins dead last in the National League East in the 2012-13 season, it’s fair to say that while it’s not yet fully over, the Marlins’ season is done. The way the front office has been running the team these past couple of years, it really has put a damper on the players and the franchise.


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