The more things change with the Miami Marlins the more they stay the same. The Florida Marlins made the salary dump an art form starting in the 1990’s, turning over World Series winning rosters beginning just days after hoisting the trophy.
Last season the Marlins changed uniforms, ballparks, and spent heavily on free agents like Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, and they flirted with signing Albert Pujols. After a rough start, the Marlins began the roster overhaul, sending Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After the season, they fired Ozzie Guillen as manager after one tumultuous season, naming Mike Redmond as his replacement. Now, it looks like they are going to make it almost impossible for Redmond to have any success as the Marlins are poised to send Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonafacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechevarria, Justin Nicolino, and Henderson Alvarez. Escobar is the only player the Marlins are getting with significant MLB experience.
Earlier this offseason, the Marlins sent Heath Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks in another salary dump move.
I understand that the Marlins finished 69-93 last season, falling way short of expectations. However, there is no excuse for what the Marlins are doing to their fanbase and the city of Miami. The stadium the Marlins currently play in was funded heavily by taxpayers and heading into the 2012 season there was talk that the Marlins would be able to compete for the NL East title.
While that didn’t materialize, the Marlins hit the financial panic button and began turning over the roster. This move will effectively kill any future the Marlins will have under current ownership. Jeffrey Loria does not deserve to own a Major League franchise.
Loria is akin to a snake oil salesman in the days of the Old West, claiming he is something he is not, selling an entire city on a bag of goods. If Major League Baseball hopes to have any future in South Florida, especially in the city of Miami, then pressure must be placed on Loria to sell this team. He doesn’t deserve to own a Major League Baseball team, or any pro sports team for that matter.
Even after the Marlins have won World Series’ in 1997 and 2003 they dismantled the teams, offering no hope for a future for the Florida Marlins. Now, even after a dramatic facelift, nothing has changed with this organization.
Once again, Marlins fans are forgotten and now the city of Miami is left holding the bill for a Major League Baseball team being used to showcase a Minor League team.