Yesterday's trade is one that truly baffles me. It shows almost a complete lack of forethought and long term planning on the part of the Marlins ownership. They built a new, expensive (and bizarrely decorated) stadium then went out and put together a dream team which they promptly dismantled after one dismal season. I have to wonder what they expected to happen in 2012. Sold out games every night? A World Series championship maybe? A baseball team has to have some time to develop and a fan base has to have some time to warm up to a squad. Despite their abysmal record the 2012 Marlins were a good team. They had some injuries and some bad luck but overall the talent existed. With a few additions this team could have been a regular playoff contender in a year or two. Sadly we will never know because the Marlins management didn't give them a chance to do it.
Baseball is often a confusing game. Teams overpay for name players when lesser known but equally talented players are available, teams sign players to long term contracts knowing they will basically be useless in their later years and teams regularly play bad players just because they paid a lot for them. This is just an example of bad business. The Marlins clearly didn't have a long term plan for this team and most certainly hadn't planned for a year that didn't include massive, immediate success.