Miami Marlins Trade Yunel Escobar, Now Have MLB's Lowest Payroll

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Yunel Escobar promised to be the strip-mined Miami Marlins' most interesting player next year. The Cuban shortstop had loads of talent, plus an unmatched ability to act incredibly dumb -- like last season, when he was suspended for writing the anti-gay slur "Tu Ere Maricon" on his eyeblack.

Well, Escobar's Miami stay turned out to be even shorter than team president/evil midget David Samson. Escobar was shipped to Tampa Bay last night, and Miami now officially has the lowest payroll in the bigs. But don't worry -- Jeffrey Loria swears he's going to "reinvest" all that stripped cash.

Escobar and his $5 million salary goes to the Rays in exchange for a minor league infielder, a move that brings the Marlins payroll down to $38 million -- an eye-popping $151.5 million reduction from last year's club.

That's not a firesale, it's a fire tornado.



Just to compare, the entire Miami Marlins roster now makes:


Here's the best news: The salary dump still may not be finished. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Ricky Nolasco -- in other words, the Marlins two remaining established major league players -- have requested trades.

Any second-string high school second basemen in the greater Miami area may want to drop a resume off at (gleaming new, taxpayer-funded) Marlins Park -- the Marlins may need your services next year.

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newlogicjackal
newlogicjackal

The fans need to boycott this club until Loria leaves, and MLB needs to step in, and remove him from owner. Nobody in MLB wants to see a brand new park on its 2nd year empty on national tv. So Selig get off your fat old ass before you die, and remove Loria you asshole!!! Do something right for once.

hneal0011
hneal0011

I <3 you for writing these two sentences: "Well, Escobar's Miami stay turned out to be even shorter than team president/evil midget David Samson." 

"Any second-string high school second basemen in the greater Miami area may want to drop a resume off at (gleaming new, taxpayer-funded) Marlins Park -- the Marlins may need your services next year." 

David Castaneda
David Castaneda

600 million for what? A dam shame to the city of Miami and to MLB.. Everyone needs to boycott this team and send a strong message to Loria.. Matter of fact we should head over there now

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

What's most disturbing about this is that Major League Baseball just stood idly by, and did nothing about it. MLB needs a real commissioner, not one who is an owner. It's a conflict of interest.

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

This is "payback" to the City of Miami for their Stadium investment.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Anyone think the Marlins got value from that payroll last season ? In a way, the Marlins may be cheap on players, but if they aren't any good and fail to win, why pay them that kind of money ? I mean just because the rest of the market pays that doesn't mean this team should get that for their poor efforts to win. Instead of whining about what the Marlins are dumping, know that they were 72-90 in 2011, 69-73 in 2012. You'd have to go back to 1998 & 1999 to find Marlins teams that were worse. In the Marlins history, there are only 3 other teams that were worse, you'd have to go back to the first 3 seasons.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Miami_Marlins_seasons

Dennis Barranco
Dennis Barranco

I went from loving this team last year, to despising them.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

and an expensive ball park..... shame!

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