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Time To Watch The Marlins Burn Again

Time To Watch The Marlins Burn Again
From Deadspin - December 7, 2017

This offseasons news about the Marlins has reasonably been focused on the steady hum of Giancarlo Stanton trade gossip. Todays Dee Gordon deal, though, temporarily stole back a bit of the spotlight. The push to move Stanton is but one piece of a larger salary-shedding effort that includes the Gordon trade, and that salary-shedding effort is but one revolution on the wretched merry-go-round of this franchise.

When Derek Jeter and friends took office as the teams new owners this fall, they announced their plans to cut $50 million from the 2018 payroll before the start of the season. Trading Stanton, whose salary next year will be $25 million, only covers part of that. Sending Gordon to Seattle for prospects frees up another $10.8 million. (Martn Prado, owed $13.5 million next year, is said to be on the trading block next.) This isnt a matter of simply peeling off one heavy contract inked by old management, or of looking down the line to rearrange some future costs, but of cutting to the bone deeply and quickly.

And its something that the Marlins have done again and again. The team just just celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, but theyve looped through the cycle of burn-and-build more frequently and more intensely than anyone else in recent history. Theyve passed through the hands of one hated owner to another to what might now be another. They were ripped down after the 1997 World Series title,the roster stripped so ruthlessly that the 1998 team lost 108 games; they were ripped down after the 2003 World Series title, with the 2005 winter politely and hollowly deemed an offseason for market correction by management; they were ripped down in 2012, because Jeffrey Loria wanted it so. Now, theyll be dismantled again, insofar as thats possible for a team thats had a losing record for eight straight seasons.

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