7:15PM EST November 13. 2012 - Less than a year after committing nearly $200 million to free agents in an effort to generate buzz for their publicly-funded stadium, the Miami Marlins have blown up their roster in stunning fashion.
They are shipping $106 million shortstop Jose Reyes, staff ace Josh Johnson and $58 million starter Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade involving at least seven players, an official from each team familiar with the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
They hired some good players so that people would feel good about all the money they took for them, then got rid of them.
And, no, no municipality will learn from this.