The Miami Marlins had the most embarrassing offseason of any professional sports organization in recent memory. The Derek Jeter-led front office took over a solid roster, featuring star-level players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, and J.T. Realmuto. Of those players, only Realmuto remains (and is currently injured), and it seems likely he’ll be traded before the 2019 season begins.
This isn’t a rebuild; it’s a teardown. The Marlins tore apart a roster that could’ve competed for a Wild Card slot this year, despite Jeter’s claim that they still wouldn’t have competed even if they added Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta to the roster over the offseason. The front office traded away star talent, all for the purpose of shedding the hell out of payroll. The prospect return in these trades was decent, but nowhere near good enough for the level of talent they gave up (and again, on a team that could’ve been competitive).
Tonight's crowd of 7,003 in Miami was the second-smallest in any normal MLB game this decade. The first game on this list was in Williamsport, Pa. The next three were moved from Houston to St. Petersburg, Fla., at the last moment because of Hurricane Harvey. pic.twitter.com/lqn0H5BdDT— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) April 10, 2018