The Miami Marlins built a brand new ballpark and brought in some top stars from around the league this past offseason in an effort to build their fan base and drum up some excitement. On Tuesday, the Marlins managed to kill any of those efforts with one blockbuster trade.
Miami has decided to trade five starters to the Toronto Blue Jays to kick start their fire sale, which has become an all too common occurrence for the fans.
The Marlins have traded shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, utility player Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck to the Blue Jays. In exchange the Marlins receive shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, along with pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Justin Nicolino.
It’s important to note that the deal is not official and is still being reviewed by Major League Baseball.
Marlins fans and Miami beat writers have openly expressed their disgust with the organization following the trade. Some have gone as far to say that no self-respecting fan would show up for a Marlins game next season.
It is an embarrassing moment for the league and it exposes the Marlins as a fraud organization. They used the tax-payers to raise 80 percent of the funds for the new stadium only to turn around a year later and get rid of the team and any hopes of winning.
The Marlins remaining top talent, Giancarlo Stanton, expressed his displeasure with the team via Twitter.
It is safe to say that the Marlins have officially hit an all-time low if the trade is approved.