Well, so goes the "Stock Up for the New Stadium" drive in Miami.
According to multiple reports, the Miami Marlins have given up on the quest to buy an NL East title.
They are trading ace Josh Johnson, SS Jose Reyes and P Mark Buehrle along with C John Buck and utility guy Emilio Bonafacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for among others SS Yunel Escobar and a handful of guys only baseball writers have heard of.
The Marlins you'll recall, spent a ton of money buying Reyes, Buehrle and the already traded Heath Bell among others in a quest to put people in the New Marlins Stadium in downtown Miami. They also hired the already fired Ozzie Guillen to manage this so-called "Team of Stars".
Those stars crashed early and the team finished in dead last place.
Team owner Jeffery Loria, not exactly a testament to stability, was, we're guessing looking to shed payroll here. That's the only explanation. The team did hire former C Mike Redmond to manage the team and have traditionally had a strong Minor League system, but man...this one...
We'll keep checking for final details, but all of a sudden, the Blue Jays become an AL East power. The Marlins...well, they'll play in the NL East next season.
Shi Davidi and Jamie Campbell discuss the financial ramifications in all of this...
And there are a lot of them...