The Miami Marlins are conducting another one of their infamously appalling fire sales, having already traded away half their team during the 2012 MLB season, with basically the rest going to the Toronto Blue Jays this week. With very few players remaining on the team who even makes more than six figures per year, it seems as if it is only a matter of time before they trade their highest paid player still on the roster, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
If you look at who the Marlins have dealt over the past five or six months, it is quite disgusting how team owner Jeffrey Loria once again duped the fans and fleeced the taxpayers. During the season, Miami traded Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Gaby Sanchez, Randy Choate and a few other piece players. Immediately after the season, Heath Bell was sent packing. And just this week, the Marlins dealt Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, John Buck, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonafacio.
Reyes, Buehrle and Bell just signed large deals last offseason. None were smart enough to realize that signing with the Marlins without a no-trade clause means that you are on the trading block for your entire career. You can be shipped out of town to any team at any time. That means that all that extra money you thought you were agreeing to by signing in Florida with no state income tax is completely out the window after you will now be forced to hand over a large chunk of money per year to Canada.
Way to go, fellas. Were you not aware of how Loria and the Marlins operate? Shame on you, as much as shame on them.
Looking at the current roster, not counting the unrestricted free agents who the Marlins are highly unlikely to bring back, including Carlos Lee and Carlos Zambrano, only five players are slated to make seven figures in 2013. Two of them are players that the Marlins just acquired from the Blue Jays – Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria. Another is Jacob Turner, whom the Marlins acquired from the Detroit Tigers for Anibal Sanchez and Infante. Greg Dobbs is another, so he could be included in a Nolasco deal, but the top remaining player in terms of salary and experience is almost guaranteed to get moved next, as he is scheduled to earn $11.5 million in 2013.
Once Nolasco is traded – and he will be traded – that will leave the Marlins looking like a minor league organization who has one great player in Giancarlo Stanton. I have heard rumors that Stanton could be on the block because he could fetch the most, but there is next to no chance the Marlins trade Stanton. He will make just $480,000 next year and is under club control for three more years. he is stuck in South Beach.
But Nolasco is not. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Any team looking for a No. 3 or No. 4 starter should feel free to call the Marlins about Nolasco.
Who am I kidding? I am sure they have already contacted all 29 other teams.
When you have a yard sale, you get the word out there early and often.
It is the same with a fire sale.
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