It’s hard out there for a Florida Marlins fan. Despite winning two World Series in its brief history, the team has gone through three different ownership groups. And it seems that for each owner, winning ball games has been less of a priority in comparison to turning a profit.
You may fondly remember current owner and world’s handsomest man Jeffrey Loria from his time in Montreal, when he fondled the hearts of Montreal baseball fans before taking the Expos management, infrastructure and equipment with him to Florida when he bought that team and left the Expos to contract, thanks to an enormous no-interest loan from MLB.
It wasn’t that long ago that Loria again proved his abilities at dismantling teams was better than building organizations when he embarked on his infamous “Market Correction” strategy with the Florida Marlins in 2005 after they didn’t get public funding for new stadium. Market Correction was a fancy way of saying “taking advantage of MLB’s luxury tax rules” to get as much money as possible while putting out a shoddy on-field product.
The Marlins delved deeper into their already existing reputation for trading players when their contracts threatened to get too large, most notably when the Fish dealt Miguel Cabrera to Detroit for six players, including pitcher Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Over the weekend, the Marlins bailed on both players, sending Miller to Boston for Dustin Richardson; and Maybin to San Diego for relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.
Both trades represent Florida cutting bait, if you will, on two prospects that haven’t panned out as quickly as the team would’ve liked. The moves seem hasty, especially for Maybin, considering he won’t even earn salary arbitration, never mind free agency, until 2013 at the earliest.
The Marlins have also been rumoured to be shopping star second baseman Dan Uggla around after the the team couldn’t come to terms on a multi-year contract with the player that would’ve been far below what Uggla could get on the open market when he becomes a free agent after this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays are said to be the most interested in Uggla, and given the team’s depth of young pitching, a trade between these two teams makes a lot of sense. Of course, the Jays are currently saddled with Aaron Hill at second base, which could mean a change of scenery for the first criminally underrated, now horribly overrated second baseman. Alternatively, the Jays could also be interested in transitioning Uggla and his American League Gold Glove winning range (think Derek Jeter) to third base, after Edwin Encarnacion was picked up by Oakland on waivers last week.
No matter where Uggla ends up, the Florida Marlins, or rather the Miami Marlins, which they’ll be rebranded when they move into their new stadium in 2012, will continue to be one of the most hateable teams in baseball.
And The Rest
MLB’s campaign against people being able to see their product continues.
John Heyman, whose reputation as a platform for Scott Boras continues, suggests that the Phillies are doing all they can to keep Jayson Werth, and simultaneously drive up the cost to other teams. Hmm.
Yankees radio may never be the same.
The St. Louis Cardinals want Juan Uribe, which the San Francisco Giants should use as motivation to go after Adrian Beltre if they were smart. Oh, right. Never mind.
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s father was killed by a 21 year old driver while crossing an intersection.
Going through your closet and selling your old stuff can be lucrative, just ask Kirk Gibson who fetched over a million dollars by selling his World Series memorabilia.
And finally, Clint Hurdle’s motivation for taking the Pittsburgh Pirates job might just have a lot to do with the fact that Pittsburgh is home to a hospital that specializes in treatment for the life threatening illness that his daughter suffers from.