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Updated: 2017-08-19T20:25:39-04:00

 



Marlins Roster Moves: Tom Koehler traded to Blue Jays

2017-08-19T20:25:39-04:00

The Tom Koehler era finally comes to an end in Miami. After a rollercoaster run with the Marlins, RHP Tom Koehler has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. @Marlins acquire minor league RHP Osman Gutierrez from TOR for RHP Tom Koehler & cash considerations. Gutierrez will join Greensboro (A).— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) August 19, 2017 Most of these trades happened as a way to save money and the Marlins again took back less talent than what they were trading away. However, the Loria pains involve much more than just a few bad trades. In 2006 the then Florida Marlins went on an improbable run. After sitting 30 games under .500, they found themselves in contention for the Wild Card by the end of the season. Manager Joe Girardi went on to win Manager of the Year but was without a job after Loria fired him. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images The firing of Girardi began a rotation of Marlins managers. Fredi Gonzalez, who lasted the longest (2007-2010), Edwin Rodriguez (2010-2011), Jack McKeon (2011), Ozzie Guillen (2012), Mike Redmond (2013-2015), Dan Jennings (2015), and current manager Don Mattingly have all been at the helm. Naming Dan Jennings the manager was perhaps the worst decision of them all. It left many fans around baseball confused and questioning the decision due to his role as general manager. At the end of the 2015 season, Jennings was relieved from both his duties. It appears as if Miami’s front office has lost the players’ trust, which has resulted in overpaying for free agents. Miami even outbid the Dodgers and Yankees for star closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, who both chose to take less money and sign with their respective clubs. During his time as owner, the Marlins have a .481 winning percentage. Loria is consistently listed as one of the worst owners in professional sports. He hasn’t done right by the fans, the county that built his stadium, or the players. South Florida baseball has suffered under his time as owner. Many fans feel cheated by Loria and perhaps even find it unfair that he’s going to make so much money on the sale while never having invested in the team. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images For the few good things Loria has done, he’s done too many bad. Marlins fans everywhere rejoiced when the news broke that Loria had agreed to sell the team to Derek Jeter, who’s always associated with winning, having won five World Series titles with the Yankees. The bar has been set so low that there’s nowhere to go but up. Jeter and Sherman can’t be any worse than Loria. After officially buying the team, Jeter and Sherman must get rid of the entire front office. Keeping anyone from the previous ownership group sends the wrong message. The league anxiously awaits the departure of Loria and Marlins fans everywhere are waiting for their new owner. We’re counting on you, Captain. [...]