Miami Marlins still looking to unload players and salary

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018
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The Miami Marlins new ownership group that includes future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter are not making any friends in the sunshine state as they continue to unload salary and players ahead of the 2018 season. The Marlins are in full rebuild mode which in all likelihood should amount to some painful times ahead if you are a Marlins fan.

Undoubtedly baseball betting sites will have the Marlins as the odds-on favourite to finish in the basement of the majors for the conceivable future at the rate they are going. The first order of business for Jeter and company was unloading Giancarlo Stanton and his massive contract to the New York Yankees. Days earlier they had shipped Dee Gordon to the Mariners and have since sent Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals in a complete roster overhaul.

Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto are rumoured to be the next two players on their way out once the Marlins brain trust can find a suitor who is willing to pay the extremely steep price. Realmuto requested a trade after the exodus began as has newly acquired Starlin Castro who came back in the Stanton deal.

Yelich is arguably the most sought-after player this offseason due to his controllability and proven track record in his first five seasons in the majors. The 26-year old owns a career 17.7 WAR ranking thus far in his young career while contributing on both sides of the field. Time will tell if the Marlins pull the trigger on Yelich but you can guarantee there will be more transactions before the start of spring training as Jeter and company attempt to shave more payroll off the books.

The Marlins are building for the future with the acquisition of numerous prospects however there will be some lean times in Miami in the coming years as the newly acquired talents marinate in the minors. Stay strong Miami.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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