Union complains to MLB commissioner about Marlins' offseason

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Commissioner Rob Manfred, for his part, said in November that Jeter, chairman Bruce Sherman and their group of investors who bought the team from Jeffrey Loria in the fall should be allowed to pursue their own vision for the club.

"It's important for new owners to come in, evaluate the state of their franchise, decide where they think they're headed long term and kind of write with a clean slate," Manfred said at the GM/owners meetings in Orlando.

"New management often comes in with an idea of how best to put the best product on the field. And I hope that the fans in Miami, whatever decisions are made, give Bruce and Derek an opportunity to show what their plan for moving that franchise forward is."

Manfred spoke specifically in regard to Giancarlo Stanton and whether the Marlins should or would trade him. Since then, Miami has traded Stanton and Dee Gordon in what were largely salary-dump moves, plus Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich in prospect-centric deals.

The Marlins acquired their two best prospects, outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, by sending Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, according to MLB Pipeline's rankings.

In 2017, the Marlins had a franchise-record Opening Day payroll of about $115 million. For 2018, they are projected to be at about $87 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.


The MLBPA complained about the Marlins' spending in 2009-10, and the Marlins agreed to raise payroll starting that offseason through 2012.

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