Miami Marlins Hit Reset Button… Again

Talk about hitting the reset button.

As quickly as the Miami Marlins relaunched their brand, signed a Fidel Castro-loving manager, and brought in every over-aged veteran the Phillies managed to miss last season, they’re about to send them all packing.

Shortly after the season ended the team said thanks but no thanks to Ozzie Guillen, and now this.

Per certain baseball sources, Miami is about to ship every overpaid veteran north of the border.

Fellow scribes Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have the deets (via FOX Sports):

The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins consummated one of the largest trades in baseball history Tuesday, in what amounted to an epic backpedal from the Marlins’ aggressive spending less than one year ago.

The Blue Jays are set to acquire starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck from the Marlins, sources told

The Marlins will receive a package that includes shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major-league starter Henderson Alvarez, minor-league starter Justin Nicolino and center fielder Jacob Marisnick.

A catcher also will go to Miami in the trade — J.P. Arencibia, Jeff Mathis or Bobby Wilson.

For the Marlins, the salary purge is shocking (based on their Opening Day payroll of roughly $100 million this year) but also predictable, when considering their organizational history of fire sales. After the trade, the club has roughly $16 million on the books for 2013, not including arbitration-eligible players.

Yikes. I guess that’s what going 69-93 a year after spending that kinda money gets you.

The rubble left in the Marlins franchise had this to say:

Does anyone else feel for the fans in all of this? At least they didn’t trade this away! It’s about the only thing in Miami that’ll draw all 12 of them into that shiny new stadium they all helped pay for.


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2 Comments on “Miami Marlins Hit Reset Button… Again”

  1. November 14, 2012 at 2:27 am #


    I have two gut reactions to this trade:

    1) The Marlins’ preference to take salary relief over prospect quality is worrisome. Although Reyes and Buehrle, on their own, have value, they were packaged together to move salary in bulk. This trade is less about rebuilding than it is about clearing the books. My instinct is that Jeffery Loria is looking to sell. Obviously, clearing over 100 million in future salary obligations increases the franchise selling price. After factoring the publicly funded stadium that the local government gifted to the Marlins, Loria would likely stand to make roughly 300 million more if he sells now as opposed to maybe five years ago. This situation is the most extreme argument against ever allowing a MLB team to build a publicly funded stadium.

    2) The contracts of Reyes and Buehrle aren’t great, but this trade is a no-brainer. Toronto is likely 10-12 wins better next year and this was accomplished without giving up anyone who can’t be replaced. The Blue Jays will eat some money on the back end of these contracts, but the odds are that they make at least one playoff appearance solely because of this trade.

  2. November 14, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    On board with everything you say there. This makes the BoSox, Dodgers trade seem like child’s play if you ask me–though they both essentially helped each team shed hundreds of millions in salary.

    For the Marlins, this trade is dramatic on so many levels (complete opposite effect in Toronto). Stanton’s reaction says a lot if you ask me. Who’s going to want to play for them? Even for the guys already there, this is such a morale killer. It’s like they’re throwing in the towel three months before spring training.

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