User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Fire Sale: Marlins trade 3 stars to Jays

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins' spending spree a year ago didn't work, so now they're trying another payroll purge - shedding their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.

Advertisement
Rebranded in a new ballpark at the start of 2012, the Marlins were up to their old ways Tuesday, swapping high-priced talent for top prospects. Miami traded All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and ace right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the agreement said.

The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams weren't officially commenting. The person said the trade sent several of the Blue Jays' best young players to Miami.

The stunning agreement came less than a year after the Marlins added Reyes, Buehrle and closer Heath Bell in an uncharacteristic $191 million spending binge as they moved into a new ballpark. The acquisitions raised high hopes, but the Marlins instead finished last in the NL East.

The latest paring of salary actually began in July, when the Marlins parted with former NL batting champion Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez, among others. Bell, the team's high-profile bust, was traded to Arizona last month.

Under owner Jeffrey Loria, long the target of fan acrimony, the Marlins have usually been among baseball's thriftiest teams. Management pledged that would change with the new ballpark, but team officials were disappointed with attendance in 2012, and revenue fell far short of their projections.

Even so, the blockbuster deal came as a shock. The players involved must undergo physicals before the trade becomes final.

Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins' precocious slugger, wasn't involved in the deal but wasn't happy about it.

Stanton said he was mad about the deal ``Plain & Simple,'' he tweeted shortly after the news broke.

The housecleaning was also the subject of much mirth on Twitter.

``Good trade, I think we won it,'' tweeted FakeSamson, a site that mocks Marlins president David Samson.

The swap was easier for the Marlins to swing because of their longstanding policy of refusing to include no-trade clauses in contracts.

The deal gave an immediate boost to the Blue Jays, who have not reached the playoffs since winning their second consecutive World Series in 1993. Toronto went 73-89 this season and finished fourth in the AL East for the fourth straight year, again falling short in a division that includes big spenders.

The Marlins changed their name a year ago but failed to change their losing ways, and instead of contending for a playoff berth, they finished 69-93, their worst record since 1999.

The Marlins drew more than 2.2 million fans but had projected attendance of nearly 3 million. Team officials blamed the difference in part on manager Ozzie Guillen's laudatory comments early in the year about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, which antagonized a large segment of an already-small fan base.

Guillen was fired after only one season with the team and replaced this month by the Marlins' former backup catcher, Mike Redmond.

President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest hinted at a big change in direction less than two weeks ago.

``We've kind of lost our Marlins way,'' he said. ``The real Marlins way was we always outperformed our challenges. Whatever our challenges were, whether it was playing in a football stadium or weather or a lack of fans, or lack of revenue for that matter, we always found a way to out-perform our challenges.''

It now appears management will field a team with the expectation players will out-perform their contracts, which was the franchise model for most of the past decade. The roster shake-up during the season reduced the payroll to $90.3 million from $112 million on opening day, and now could be dramatically lower next season.

Reyes has $96 million left on a deal expiring in 2018. Buehrle has $52 million remaining on a deal expiring in 2015.

While the team was a disappointment, newcomers Buehrle and Reyes played up to expectations. Buehrle went 13-13 with a 3.74 ERA and topped 200 innings for the 12th year in a row. Reyes hit .287 with 40 steals in 160 games.

Johnson, who led the NL in ERA in 2010, went 8-14 this year with a 3.81 ERA. He was limited to nine starts in 2011 because of right shoulder inflammation.

In their 20 seasons the Marlins have reached the postseason only twice, as wild-card teams in 1997 and 2003. Both times they won the World Series.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: Win Total Update
Lawrence: September Pitchers Report
Nats beat Braves to clinch NL East title
Orioles wrap up AL East, rout Blue Jays
Pirates blank Red Sox as heavy faves
Mets destroy Marlins, 'over' cashes
Yankees' Prado out for season
Maddon: Technology key to young fans
Braves' new stadium called SunTrust Park
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
32-16 Last 6 Days, +9,057 TY
7-2 +569 L9, 28-14 +1,711 L42
13-6 L19, 21-8 MLB Win Streak
+4,371 Overall This Year
+4,336 Net Profits This Year
8-3 L11, 11-4 +825 L15 Guarantees
15-7 Last 22 Guarantees
30-15 Last 45 MLB Selections
6-3 L5 Days, 33-17 L50 G-Plays
7-2 L9, 29-11 L40 Guarantees
12-7, +653 Last 19 Plays
5-2 Last 7, 10-5 Last 15 Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - MLB Playoffs
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8761
Doc's Sports + 4271
Kevin Rogers + 4268
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2718
Kevin Rogers + 2224
Dave Cokin + 2095
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2371
Tony Stoffo + 1498
Joe Williams + 818
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2398
Dave Cokin + 1831
Kyle Hunter + 1680
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3142
Kevin Rogers + 2054
Doc's Sports + 1148
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2925
Kevin Rogers + 2150
Doc's Sports + 1695
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest