The Miami Marlins are trading 2011 batting champion Jose Reyes, starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, catcher Jeff Mathis and some prospects.
Don't be fooled. What may seem like an honest effort to rebuild around younger players after finishing last season in the NL East cellar is actually a fire sale. Three years ago, notoriously greedy owner Jeffrey Loria and the Marlins front office convinced the people of Miami and Miami-Dade County to build a $515 million stadium paid for mostly by public money by promising to finally pay to field a competitive team. They got their stadium, and now Loria and company are back to their old ways. After starting last season with a $118 million payroll, the Marlins' payroll this season will be $30 million to $40 million.