One of the more peculiar stories around Major League Baseball recently has been that former Miami Marlins players are performing quite well on various teams. Whether it is Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, J.T. Realmuto, Dee Gordon, or others, the marlins trades since 2017 have led them to become one of the worst teams in baseball for no apparent reason. The foundation of a good team was present, but a combination of cost cutting and a poor front office led them to trade these players away.
Of course, trading players isn’t a bad thing outright. Lots of trades occur where both parties are happy and walk away with better outcomes than they had going in to the trade. But in the case of the Marlins, what happened was that for some reason, ownership and the front office decided that they needed to trade all of these players, despite them being either solid major leaguers already or superstars that they could build a team around. This led the Marlins into making ill advised trades and settling for lackluster returns on some of the players. The consensus around baseball was that the Marlins didn’t get the best package on …
Author: Gideon Turk / Blue Jays Nation