Miami Marlins Owner Takes Heat Over Blockbuster Trade

The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto.

The Marlins will get shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick (OF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Justin Nicolino (LHP) and Anthony DeSclafani (RHP).

This trade has angered many of the Marlins fans in Florida, and after looking at the numbers associated with the Marlins and their new ballpark how could it not. The total cost of the new home for the Miami Marlins was $ 634 Million dollars. In the deal to get the new stadium Dade County agreed to pay more than $300 million, the city of Miami would pay around $119 million, and the Marlins would pay $100 million and any other cost of the stadium. However, when it comes to the extra cost of the other parts of the building those bills will be paid by Florida taxpayers. According to ESPN’s official reports the entire cost of the stadium would run the taxpayers 2.4 billion dollars over a 40 year span.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today called it “the ultimate Ponzi scheme, getting South Florida taxpayers to pay for a new ballpark to watch a product that simply doesn’t exist.”

After looking at the numbers it is easy to understand the fans frustrations. After spending over 100 million dollars last season to stock up on a-list players it is no surprise why this trade would come to many as a shock. After this trade the Marlins expect to gain around $150 million of salary relief.

When this trade is complete and all the papers are signed the Marlins, according to ESPN, would have traded 12 payers since July.

After finishing in last place last season Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”

When asked about the trade City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said “The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from a baseball standpoint, it won’t be viewed by the general public as a positive move.”

Players Traded Since July

3B           Hanley Ramirez traded to Dodgers

RP           Randy Choate traded to Dodgers

RP           Edward Mujica traded to Cardinals

1B           Gaby Sanchez traded to Pirates

SP           Anibal Sanchez traded to Tigers

2B           Omar Infante traded to Tigers

RP           Heath Bell traded to Diamondbacks

SS           Jose Reyes traded to Blue Jays

SP           Josh Johnson traded to Blue Jays

SP           Mark Buehrle traded to Blue Jays

C             John Buck traded to Blue Jays

CF           Emilio Bonifacio traded to Blue Jays

Information from ESPN, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, CBS Miami’s  Tim Kephart and CBSSports was used in this article


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