The Miami Marlins initiated the third franchise-changing fire sale in the 20-year history of the team on Tuesday, reportedly sending Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and others to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar and prospects. SBNation's Miami Marlins blog, Fish Stripes, takes stock of the franchise in the aftermath of the big deal. Many are upset.
Head writer Michael Jong thinks the Marlins' brass panicked:
The worst part about this trade is that the Marlins did not need to perform this move. We had heard rumors that the Fish were going to sport an $80 million payroll next season. The team had two players in Reyes and Buehrle who were locked into long-term deals at reasonable rates given their projections following their 2012 season. Instead of taking a measured approach and trading a player like Johnson to slowly acquire parts, the team panicked, as it seems they did with their midseason moves, and got rid of all of the players who were making anything resembling a real salary.
He anticipates a strong backlash against Marlins' owner Jeffrey Loria, who made many promises that the new ballpark in Miami would bring new enthusiasm and new success.
If Marlins fans were angry at Jeffrey Loria before, this heinous move will certainly spark a reaction far greater than the one Ozzie Guillen received for his early-season comments.
Marlins fans in the comments section are taking a less diplomatic approach: