Posted November 14, 2012

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria defends blockbuster deal with Blue Jays

MLB

In a stunning move,  the Miami Marlins reportedly agreed to a trade on Tuesday that would send five veterans, including former All-Stars Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes, to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Yunel Escobar and a package of prospects.

The trade has since been criticized as another Marlins fire sale, with more than $160 million in salary being sent to Toronto. But on Wednesday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria defended the trade in an interview with CBSSports.com, saying that the organization has “to take a new course.”

“We finished in last place. Figure it out,” a defiant Loria said.

Loria emphatically said he isn’t selling the team.

“Absolutely not,” Loria said. “That’s more stupidity.”

Loria took issue with the coverage and suggested selling the team’s veteran stars was the right course of action.

“We have to get better,” Loria said. “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, the team is reportedly also looking to trade outfielder/first baseman Logan Morrison and starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:

The Yankees are interested in the 30-year-old Nolasco, reports Erik Boland of Newsday. One player the team almost certainly will not shop is 23-year-old slugger Giancarlo Stanton, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.


5 comments
ScottMeyer
ScottMeyer

I am really tired of greedy people in responsible positions who use the excuse "it's business" for their unethical actions, and a (in this case) baseball commisioner who just lets it happen. There is no excuse for unethical actions in any area of life; business, personal, etc. and the more responsibility that goes with the position then the higher degree of ethics should exist. We - in a large part - have been reduced to a society where the #1 priority is money and profit, regardless of our survival.  This will change when we start making decisions based on the greatest good for the greatest number and not tolerate the greed. It starts with our "leaders"... and includes each of us. 

RobMaynard
RobMaynard

The Marlins have a legitimate shot to finish lower than last place now... and I am actually a life long Marlins fan :(