You know that both Marlins players and fans are outraged at the trade that sent almost all the Marlins’ good players except Giancarlo Stanton to the Blue Jays in exchange for… well, not nearly equal value. It was a sign that yet another rebuilding era has arrived in Miami, and that the fancy new stadium, new name, and new logo the team debuted last season was cosmetic changes only: really, they’re the same old dirt-cheap Marlins. Well, cheap unless they’re spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on that new stadium. Cheap with their money, we’ll say.
Having blown up their fancy new team so quickly (which was, admittedly, terrible last season), the Marlins face a long road to winning back the trust of their fans. How are they planning on doing it? How’s trading away even more players sound?
The Marlins might not be done dealing. Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco also is available, based on what the Marlins have indicated to several general managers.
The Marlins also are shopping Logan Morrison, who had been penciled in as the club’s first baseman entering spring training.
Look, neither Nolasco nor Morrison are stars. Morrison, in fact, had a pretty bad season last year, and Nolasco’s a back-of-the-rotation guy. But they’re still established major league performers – something the Marlins almost certainly wouldn’t get if they traded them away. They probably wouldn’t net top-of-the-line minor league prospects, either. (Hell, the Blue Jays trade didn’t even do that for them.) Trading them would give Marlins fans even more reason to say, “Well, the organization has no hope – why should we have any, either?”
And if you thought maybe marlins owner Jeffrey Loria heard the backlash and thought, “Hey, I better get out there and defend myself in an even-handed manner and explain in detail why this trade was necessary, so I can try to calm our angry fans who all hate me and show that I’m someone worth putting their faith in,” well, time to change your thinking:
“We finished in last place. Figure it out,” a defiant Loria told CBSSports.com as he arrived at the baseball owners’ meetings in Chicago.
“We have to get better,” Loria said. “We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”
If by “new course” you mean “giving up and virtually ensuring more last-place finishes,” then sure. And there’s more where that came from:
Loria emphatically said he isn’t slashing payroll to make the team easier to sell.
“Absolutely not,” Loria told CBSSports.com. “That’s more stupidity.”
You almost have to admire it, a man this committed to not only sticking to his guns but accusing those criticizing him of “stupidity.” Almost. The main thing you have to think is, “Jeffrey Loria is too rich and powerful to be accountable to anyone – even the taxpayers who, again, subsidized the majority of the cost of his team’s fancy new stadium, so he just keeps right on belittling anyone who disagrees with him. He’s presiding over a sham and doesn’t care, because dammit, he doesn’t have to. Man, what an unbelievable dick.”