As im sure many of you have read by now, Loria has once again had an all out come one, come all fire-sale. What started during the season as a head-scratching move by sending Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers picked up steam at the end of the season and has now gone full Nuclear in its explosion:
The Marlins would jettison right-hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. In return, the Blue Jays would send to Miami shortstop Yunel Escobar, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis, minor league left-hander Justin Nicolino, minor league right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and minor league outfielder Jake Marisnick.
(courtesy of: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blaze-of-glory--proposed-marlins-fire-sale-latest-indictment-of-jeffrey-loria-s-ownership-.html)
I don't know about anyone else, but this just really angers me as a baseball fan. Kudos to the Blue Jays for making the AL East look to be about the most competitive next season as I can recall it, but it is such an insult to know that of the revenue sharing money that we and other high payroll teams provide to the Marlins, it essentially all goes straight into the pockets of Loria. Less than a year ago we and other fans around the web were buzzing about how maybe this was the turning point for the Marlins, and how maybe, JUST MAYBE, Loria was finally going to invest back into his team and not in his bank account.
If i were Stanton I would be furious and maybe demanding a trade myself to get out of the no-win atmosphere, and to his credit, he did express his anger on Twitter. If I were citizens of Miami I would be demanding Loria be kicked out like McCourt, for leading them on to believe this was a new time for the franchise, only to stick it to them in the form of the tax bill for that new (and now likely to be just as empty as the old) stadium.
It's one thing to do what the Red Sox did in their fire sale, as they solved a bunch of contract problems and cleared the way to head in a new direction after years of spending big and missing the playoffs over the last few of those years. It's quite another to play the same story year after year, while also taking money from other teams and fans with no intention of investing in your team.
Maybe i'm the only one who feels this way but i hope not, for as the Yankees continue to shoot towards that magical $189 mil number next season, just keep in mind when they shell out their millions in revenue sharing, that Loria will just be depositing his share straight into his bank account.