Miami Marlins rebuild is underway: Fish trade Marlins Man

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Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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After weeks of speculation, the Miami Marlins have traded away a cornerstone of their franchise. On Friday, the team announced it had traded beloved Marlins Man.

After a slow start, we all knew this was a possibility. The Miami Marlins were expected to compete for wild card berth this season.

Now, sitting seven games under the .500 mark, the team has made a move. It signals the first definite step that the franchise is looking to rebuild for the future. On Friday, the team announced that it had traded away beloved super fan Marlins Man.

For Marlins fans, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. But a necessary step in the right direction.

The team was reeling and knew it could net a huge haul for the 60-year-old attorney out of North Miami Beach, Florida. An undisclosed source in the Miami Marlins front office had this to say about the trade:

"“The team is struggling, we aren’t in a place where we need Marlins Man right now”, the source said. “Let’s send him somewhere that can utilize his unparalleled commitment while he is in his prime”"

Awkwardness may linger. The team shipped him off to Pittsburgh, where he will report to his new team immediately. The Marlins are currently in the midst of a four game series with the Pirates which concludes on Sunday.

In return…

In return they secured a Pirates booty worth of prospects. They landed the teams top three prospects: outfielder Austin Meadows, RHP Mitch Keller, and RHP Tyler Glasnow.

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To further complicate matters, Glasnow was to make the start for the Pirates tonight against the Marlins. Because they don’t want to throw the young righty off of his scheduled turn in the rotation, he will still see time on the mound.

For the first time in Major League history, the same pitcher will start for both teams. The clubs have agreed to keep Glasnow on a limited pitch count; no more than 200 pitches combined.

He will remain on the field between innings as he changes uniforms.

Moving forward

It appears that the Miami Marlins are officially in rebuilding mode. For weeks, reports circulated that the team might be looking to move some of its core players. Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Dee Gordon, and Giancarlo Stanton were being actively shopped, according to several outlets.

It appears these rumors are true, as ridiculous as they sound.

Despite all of the above mentioned players being locked into team friendly contracts, or with years of team control ahead of them, they will likely be dealt in the coming days. It might not make sense, but hey, it’s the internet. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense, or is true, or is supported by facts.

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In a corresponding move, the team has recalled their AAA super fan, Baby Cakes Boy. BCB has been super-fanning well lately, and the organization feels he is ready to make the jump to the MLB.

They are also taking calls on Billy the Marlin, Gladys from accounting, and even willing to sell itself altogether. Stay posted, as this is a developing story.

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