Former Marlins players left frustrated, shocked after being traded
In the aftermath of what could be one of the biggest trades of this offseason, players on and recently traded by the Marlins have expressed their frustration with the club. Most notably, sources have said that recently traded players Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle are frustrated over the team’s broken promises.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, even though the Marlins are known for not giving players no-trade agreements, Reyes and Buehrle claim that they had verbal promises that they would not be traded.
For Buehrle, the trade causes a problem because he has two children — a five-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter — as well as a pit bull. Pit bulls are banned from the province of Ontario, where the Blue Jays are located. According to one of Buehrle’s friends, the left-handed pitcher was aware that the Marlins had a history of trading high-priced players, but he was informed by team president David Samson that the Marlins were committed to a long-term deal.
Another source informed Rosenthal that Reyes had also received a verbal promise that he would not be traded.
While Reyes and Buehrle are reportedly upset about being traded, remaining Marlin Giancarlo Stanton has also voiced his discontent, according to Peter Gammons of MLB.com.
“I do not like this at all,” Stanton said. “This is the ‘winning philosophy?’ Then to say it’s not about the money? What is the motivation? There comes a breaking point. I know how I feel. I can’t imagine how the city and the fans feel.”
In an interview with Gammons, Stanton also discussed agreements made with the Marlins — his, however, were in terms of the players that would hit around him.
“They talked about that, a winning philosophy, and how they were building a winner to play in the new ballpark,” Stanton said. “They talked about me and Jose. They talked about how they’d have Jose and [Emilio Bonifacio] and Hanley [Ramirez] in front of me and how they would go get a bat to protect me.
“Jose, Bonifacio, Hanley . . . all three are gone now. I had people warn me that something like this could happen, but it runs against the competitive nature every athlete has, that nature that everything is about winning. This kind of thing is what gets talked about all the time around this team. Former Marlins come back and they warn us. It gets talked about during the stretch, in the clubhouse, after games, on the road. Again, I do not like this at all.”