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 FOXSports.com.
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:
Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple
— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) November 14, 2012
Well I’m gonna miss you guys… Hopefully our new teammates are as awesome on and off the field as buehrle jj buck boni and Reyes
— Steve Cishek (@srSHREK31) November 14, 2012
Woah. Wow. That really happening? WOW. Good luck fellas
— Chris Hatcher (@handlebars39) November 14, 2012
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.