In what will most likely end up being the craziest trade from the offseason, the Miami Marlins pulled off a fire sale on Tuesday after shipping five key players to the Toronto Blue Jays–including Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson. While the Blue Jays should benefit from this trade to compete with the rest of the teams in the AL East, it’s the Marlins who have quickly become the laughing stock of the league for the 2013 season.
By making a move like this, Miami basically removed themselves from being any sort of contender next season considering all they received from Toronto was Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Henderson Alvarez, and four prospects. Take all of this into consideration with the fact they traded Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers in the middle of last season–the Marlins have taken a huge step back compared to where they were heading into the 2012 season.
After spending big money to free agents and using $500 million from taxpayers on a new stadium, there was plenty of hype for Miami heading into last season as they were looking to finally become contenders in the NL East. Now, the Marlins are being compared to having the talent of a Triple-A team and seem years away before they’re even close to becoming contenders.
For a fan base that showed plenty of trust in owner Jeffrey Loria–this has to hurt for the folks of Miami as they won’t have much to cheer for in 2013.
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