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Dee Gordon calls what is happening with the Marlins right now ‘embarrassing’

He’s the latest former Marlin to criticize the actions of new ownership.

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Dee Gordon, settling into his new role as a centerfielder in Seattle, has some thoughts about what new Marlins ownership is doing to the team as he watches from afar. The Dee Gordon trade was the first sign that the Miami fire sale was underway, with Giancarlo Stanton following shortly after and Marcell Ozuna being shipped to the Cardinals.

In his introductory press conference with the Yankees, Stanton all but directly told Marlins fans not to watch the team, which is the opposite of a vote of confidence in the team’s future plans when it comes to payroll.

Now Gordon is doing the same, saying in a recent Sun Sentinel article, “I didn’t ask for this.” And in case you were confused about what “this” was referring to, he elaborates on how he views the “rebuild” happening in Miami by saying:

“It’s terrible. It’s almost — I’m not even going to say almost. It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. I don’t want to bash anyone, but what’s happened is not good.”

No disrespect to anybody, but those are your best three players. You let them go. Not because they underperformed. But because of something you [new ownership] can’t take care of.”

The money aspect of this rebuild and ownership change has been one of the top concerns by not just players but those in the larger baseball world, as many question how an ownership group could have bought a team for more than a billion dollars and then immediately tear the existing roster apart to save money, which in turn has led to receiving a lesser return when it comes to prospects, since the entire league knew they were drastically cutting budget.

Gordon even notes that none of the players thought the owners would actually trade people:

At first it was like, ha ha ha, they bought the team and they’re going to trade us. We were like, there’s no way you can buy a team for $1 billion and have to trade everybody.”

While it’s not shocking that the players who have left Miami (and even some who remain) are upset about how this transition is unfolding, it is slightly surprising that they are speaking out to this degree so soon after being traded.

The level of disappointment, and at times vitriol, being directed at the Marlins by players still in the league should tell you exactly how unfortunate the situation is in Miami right now.