There is no conspiracy driving a trade with the New York Yankees

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 1: Giancarlo Stanton
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 1: Giancarlo Stanton /

The Miami Marlins trade with the New York Yankees is finalized. Inevitable conspiracy theories have cropped up around the web.

Derek Jeter didn’t buy the Miami Marlins to make the New York Yankees better. Granted, he’s did exactly that. But it was a matter of circumstance, not some kind of scheme that was finally put into action.

You’ll recall that the Miami Marlins attempted to trade Giancarlo Stanton to the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants earlier this week. He vetoed those deals. He didn’t want to play in either of those cities.

Now that he is a Yankee, sour Miami Marlins fans appear ready to accuse a Yankee great of coming up clutch for the Yankees yet again. That’s not what is happening, obviously.

It’s easy to understand why Miami Marlins fans are so upset. When Derek Jeter purchased the team, everyone assumed it was a new era in Marlins baseball. Miami fans expected to start winning championships and never see another fire sale again.

Only a few months into his first season as owner and Derek Jeter has proved them wrong.

So be upset, Marlins fans. But don’t lose sight of the fact that this was inevitable from the moment Jeffery Loria inked Stanton to a record-breaking contract. The Miami Marlins had too few players, making too much money, and not enough money coming in to justify spending it.

All they’ve done is piece apart the core of a team that never managed to a winning record. They’re loading up on prospects, getting younger, and building “organizational depth”, whatever that means. I hear it’s a good thing. The Houston Astros are said to be big fans.

Trading Stanton to the New York Yankees might be an ugly look on the surface, but it might as well have been any team in Major League Baseball. Had the Los Angeles Dodgers stepped up, Stanton would be a Dodger.

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Sports fandom will always illicit erratic and irrational behavior. Couple that with documented cases of prodigious betrayal in Miami baseball and here we are. The stage was set for this kind of reaction. The Yankees were among the Marlins only real options are other trades were nixed.

It doesn’t go any deeper than that.

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To believe a conspiracy is afoot would conjure visions of Jeter being a double-agent, infiltrating a beleaguered MLB franchise from the inside. It’s preposterous. Be upset over the loss of a franchise player, but temper your vitriol over new ownership inexplicably playing favorites.