MIAMI (CBS4) – Just two weeks into the second half of the baseball season, and the Marlins seem to have thrown in the towel.
This comes after Monday’s trade of pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to Detroit for a handful of prospects.
Marlins players admit the sudden trade sent a jolt through the clubhouse.
“Anytime anyone gets traded like that, it’s pretty shocking” said pitcher Ricky Nolasco. “But we’re professionals; we understand the business of the game.”
The moves came after the front office grew tired of watching a so called “contender” underachieve.
“We’re disappointed…they should be disappointed. The current team did not win at the level we thought they should,” Marlins President Larry Beinfest said to reporters shortly after the trade was announced. “We need to make some changes.”
With a week left before the trading deadline, more players are rumored to be on the block. Among them is Hanley Ramirez, that star who has not shined enough.
“Unfortunately, I can’t control that”, Ramirez told reporters before Tuesday’s game against Atlanta. “The most I can control is to go out there and, you know, play hard every day. It’s a business…hopefully I can stay here, otherwise I just want to play and win.”