Marlins – Nolasco Wants Out, Stanton Unhapppy, and Escobar Being Shopped
It’s really not a lot of fun to be a Marlins fan these days
After an epic salary dump/trade earlier this year that saw the team trade Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck, Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez and Mark Buehrle, wait have I missed anyone, today we learn that some of the leftovers from the big fish fry aren’t happy or are on the trade block or maybe both.
Stanton, Nolasco and Escobar
Giancarlo Stanton is reportedly not pleased with the situation in Miami.
Stantons agent was asked if anything had changed with the young slugger since he made his feelings known via twitter when the trades went down. On that tweet in particular, Joel Wolfe told Jon Heyman, “It wasn’t a reaction. It was a state of mind.”
Stanton, 23, hit .290/.361/.608 with 37 homers and 86 RBI in only 123 games.
There are 29 other teams that would love to have him, should the Marlins get an itchy trigger finger again.
Nolasco will likely be the team’s highest-paid player next season $11.5 million. Nolasco’s agent Matt Sosnick said.
“Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins and the moves they’ve made, he and I agree that he would probably be better served playing somewhere else.
Nolasco, 29, posted a 4.48 ERA and will be a free agent at the end of next season.
I don’t know about you but I’m thinking he won’t be a Marlin by the time spring training arrives.
Late today it was reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the Miami was talking to two teams, the Rays and the A’s about a trade involving Yunel Escobar, the shortstop they received in the big trade with the Blue Jays.
It’s not clear whether Escobar has worn out his welcome or if the Marlins management team is simply bipolar.
Apparently Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto thinks there might be something to that and said,
‘This guy (Loria) only cares about the money, not us, not the county, not the people.,” . “There were so many promises about all the things that would be happening around the stadium, in Little Havana, and I haven’t seen anything.” He promised us it was the best deal…. Now, we’re close to a total boycott of the team. The best thing that could happen is for this ownership group to get the hell out of here for the good of the community.”
Well said Mr Souto, well said indeed.