13 November 2012

The Miami Marlins are a joke

Josh Johnson is among many headed north of the border
Nobody is better at firesales than the Miami Marlins but what is transpiring right now with the Toronto Blue Jays certainly takes the case of one of the most absurd trades in recent memory and only helps to strengthen the notion that the franchise is a disaster and the guys who run the franchise are jokes.

Only one offseason ago, the Marlins made big-money acquisitions, which they justified as being able to pay for after years of being extraordinarily cheap and pocketing revenue sharing cash with a sparkling new stadium that was paid for by a bankrupt Miami-Dade County, bringing in Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buerhle. They hired Ozzie Guillen and had high expectations coming into the 2012 season. But as the saying goes, it hit the fan and the team finished in last place in a division that featured the New York Mets.

So now, they are completely remaking their roster. Guillen got fired and was replaced by former Marlin Mike Redmond, traded away Bell and ate most of his salary and now are putting the finishing touches on a deal that will leave the team almost barebones. Miami is sending ace Josh Johnson, Reyes, Buerhle, utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck to Toronto and will get back in return ever-inconsistent shortstop Yunel Escobar, fellow shortstop Adeiny Herchavarria, starter Henderson Alvarez, top prospect Jacob Marisnick as well as fellow minor league starter Jake Marisnick, according to FOX Sports.

As you would expect, the lone remaining star on the team is not happy:
Speaking of Loria, it is hard to have any respect for him and team president David Samson. They promise to spend more money so a county with no money would pay for a new stadium because the team claimed they had no money (although they were making profits via revenue sharing), they bring in some big names only to have it all fall apart and they dump everybody one year later. Do they want to have fans? Because this is truly a great way to kill an already meager fanbase by gutting your team. Jack Dickey from Deadspin breaks it down beautifully.

But if you are a fan of the Blue Jays, you just may be the new favorites in the A.L. East with this impressive haul.

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