Jeffrey Loria Defends Decision to Trade Big Names

By Marc Jenkins
Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria Defends Decision to Trade Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle
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Not even a full 24 hours after the Miami Marlins decided to trade shortstop Jose Reyes as well as starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle along with catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, right handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and four prospects, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is on the defense from any and everyone that is asking the question why.

Loria responded “We finished in last place. Figure it out” when asked as to why the team decided to trade away three of their best players to the Blue Jays in exchange for basically a bunch of prospects and Escobar.Loria then followed on with “We have to get better. We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course of action.”

The marlins have been long known around baseball as a team who frequently has fire sales, however this wasn’t supposed to be that same Marlins team that won a World Series in 1997 and then gutted the team or the one who won another championship in 2003 and then gutted the team. This was supposed to be a team that spent money first and asked questions later. A team that wanted to energize their fan base by not only going out and getting top name free agents like they did during last off-season as well as building a terrific new stadium which they fans split the bill with the organization 80-20.

This isn’t that same team in fact, it may be even worse because at least the past Marlins teams brought home a title or two before completely dismantling all hope for the next season before the year even began. This team ripped the heart out of each Marlins’ fans chest without even placing as little as a band-aid on their wounds and then told them it didn’t hurt as they watched the fans lie on the floor in pain.

The Marlins now have just five players under contract for next season which gives them a payroll currently of $20.5 million for 2013. One of those players and without question the best one they’ll have on their roster for a while now Giancarlo Stanton is surely not thrilled about the deal tweeting this response to it on his verified Twitter account, “Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple.”

There is no telling right now if the Marlins have made the correct move or not with this deal but one thing is for certain Loria and his brain trust either have too much patience to always want to wait for prospects to develop or not enough patience because every big name which the team went out and signed prior to last season is already gone including manager Ozzie Guillen.

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