The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has announced on Tuesday that they will monitor the Miami Marlins following the salary dumping trade which sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and four young prospects.
The move not only moved several of the Marlins big name players but also a superfluity of tens of millions of dollars from the club’s pay roll in traditional Marlins fashion. Although the players union believes that it is too early to determine whether the trade presents any issues underneath the current labor contract which is in place.
On opening day of 2012, the Marlins had the highest payroll in team history at $112 million only to be cut down to $90 by the end of the season making moves such as the Hanley Ramirez trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. As of November 20, 2012 the Marlins have just five players under contract for next season scheduled to make slightly more than $20 million and the teams entire payroll for the 2013 campaign is expected to max out around $40 million according to sources.
MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner had the following to say on Tuesday in regards to Monday’s decision by MLB commissioner Bud Selig to approve the trade and the Marlins as an organization. “We understand and we’re not surprised at the commissioner’s decision to approve the trade. We’ll be monitoring the Marlins for compliance with the Basic Agreement throughout the 2013 season.”
Weiner continued on saying, “Baseball’s labor contract requires that revenue-sharing money be used by a team “in an effort to improve its performance on the field. If a team’s payroll in a year is less than 125 percent of its revenue- sharing receipts, the burden to show compliance would shift to the team in a grievance. Clearly there is no compliance issue. They were compliant in 2012 based on their payroll and what their revenue-sharing status was.