Commissioners and mayors in South Florida are disappointed and upset after hearing about the Miami Marlins latest payroll purge.
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado wants Major League Baseball to stop the trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. He plans to write a letter to MLB asking them to stop the trade.
"I will be asking the major leagues to intervene because they have a moral responsibility with the people of South Florida," said Regalado.
Regalado said the Marlins aren't fielding a competitive team next season, part of the city's agreement with the team when Marlins Park was built using mostly taxpayer dollars.
"I'm not an expert but everybody agrees that with this kind of team, it would be almost impossible, it would be a great challenge to be competitive in the next season," said Regalado. "We were surprised. Everybody was surprised because we were hoping for a new season with the big players and more energy."
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he is examining the pending blockbuster trade between the two teams and is aware of the fan anger in South Florida.
Speaking at the conclusion of the owners' meetings, Selig said Thursday the trade hasn't officially been presented to him. But he said the matter is under review and he talked to two independent baseball people who feel the Marlins did well in the proposed swap.
"I'm hurt because I'm hurt for the community/ I'm hurt for those that have trusted them, have been there in the stadium, and now this is another lack of respect for the public," said Miami-Dade commissioner Rebeca Sosa.
"It's definitely very disappointing. The only thing we can hope for is good, positive trades come along or this is preparations to sell the team and bring in an owner that's committed," said Miami-Dade commissioner Bruno Barreiro, who was a supporter of the stadium deal.
Loria and Marlins President David Samson threatened to move the team to another city if the stadium wasn't build. Many consider it a sweetheart deal that enhanced the value of the team.
Loria bought the Marlins for $158 million in 2002. According to Forbes, the team is now worth about $450 million, a 25 percent in the last year.
"It's a bad deal for Miami-Dade all the way around," said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The Marlins didn't return calls from Local 10 on Thursday.