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Florida Marlins to Willis, Cabrera: See Ya Later!


By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2007
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Sometimes I wish I was independently wealthy. Not just because I would be able to buy whatever I wanted or go wherever I wanted, although that would be nice too. No, I have a theory that if I were a multimillionaire, I would understand why some of them do the asinine things that they do.

Need proof? Look no further than Jeffrey Loria. Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins has been a notoriously bad owner since his days as the owner of the Montreal Expos. Sadly, he's not the only owner of the Marlins to be a cheapskate. Remember Wayne Huizenga?

The Marlins, along with the Royals, Rays, Nationals and a few others, have become nothing more than AAAA farm clubs for the rest of the league. They draft and develop players and when they reach their primes (and free agency) they let them go.

The latest victims? Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera, the two biggest and brightest starts in the Marlins organization. The two stars were gift wrapped and will be delivered to Detroit pending physicals Tuesday.

In exchange, the Tigers will send outfielder Cameron Maybin, pitcher Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo and minor league pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop to the Marlins.

At this point, why bother owning the team? If your team is constantly in a "rebuilding" phase, what's the point? True, the Marlins won two World Series, but one of them doesn't count and the other one preceded the largest fire sale in history.

Maybe I'm just a naive fan. Maybe I don't understand the inner workings of the average MLB front office. Or maybe it's not me that doesn't understand, it's Loria and all of the other owners unwilling to take the necessary steps to but a quality team on the field every year.



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