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November 14, 2012 at 9:37 am ET
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Love — // –> Baseball Team on Fire

In the right circumstances, this would have been a smart move.

Every team needs to blow it up and start again once in a while whether they like it or not.

But not this team, not this time, not these players.

As you probably know, the Marlins basically scuttled their entire nucleus for 2013 by sending Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto for Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis and prospects Adeiny Hechevarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSciafani.

If it was any other team with high-priced players coming off of a horrible season that had no depth in its farm system, this trade made absolute sense. It’s a way to cleanse the palate of “Holy shit! We gave away two prospects for the corpse of Carlos Lee.” moves.

Buck’s pretty much worthless now and Bonifacio, despite some mediots in South Florida’s ideas to the contrary, won’t be an every day player of value and prestige. On the other hand, Mathis is pretty much cannon fodder and Escobar, well, he’s got ISSUES, so who knows. Those guys are a wash.

New Marlins skipper Mike Redmond managed in the Toronto chain for the past two years so he definitely knows the prospects Miami’s getting back. Hechevarria (who I saw play in New Hampshire a couple of years ago), Alvarez and Marisnick are stud young players that definitely will grow, and the other two have a decent chance to make it and contribute as well. You’d have to think Redmond had input on the players coming to Miami from Toronto. Heck, that may be the reason he was hired (and Ozzie was fired).

The Miami rotation will include Alvarez, Jake Turner and Nathan Eovaldi. I’d hate to face them in 2014 when Jose Fernandez joins them. That’s some serious pitching.

Again, if it was ANY OTHER TEAM making this deal, it’d be a great one.

But this isn’t any other team.

This is Moe Green Loria’s team. He and Fredo Samson have done it again.

This is the third fire sale in a little more than a decade. That in of itself looks shady.

What this does is reveal the true character of Moe Green and Fredo. They’re charlatans, scam artists, four-flushers.

They fleeced the good citizens of Miami-Dade County for an albatross of a stadium that even has the SEC looking into a few ‘irregularities’.

They fleeced the baseball fans of South Florida by promising it would be different if they got a stadium with a roof.

They fleeced Buehrle, Reyes and Johnson by thinking they were the cornerstones of the “new” Marlins.

They fleeced Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Logan Morrison into thinking they were going to lead the Marlins into being a perennial contender.

Yes, they were probably not going to be that good anyway in 2013 with Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle. They don’t have offensive depth and up until yesterday didn’t have reinforcements in the farm system. But they’d have a puncher’s chance at least if they found a third baseman and plucked a first baseman from the minors to stand there and hit home runs.

Now, they have a team full of good, untested young players with no depth, no third baseman and no guarantee that anyone will be there if the Marlins get good again.

Now, they have a fan base that was lied to, again, and will be watching a team struggle through growing pains. However, this time it’ll be after they were lied to and deceived by Moe Green and Fredo in the most callous way possible.

No one will show up. No one. There are too many things to do down here.

This team has potential to be good in a few years IF the can’t miss prospects don’t miss and the young pitching staff doesn’t break down.

Oh, and IF Moe Green and Samson will keep them around long enough to get good.

That’s a huge IF for the fans down here, and I don’t blame them for not wanting to see if that pans out.


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