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Trade Is Official: Olsen, Willingham to Nats

             The Marlins formally announced the Scott Olsen/Josh Willingham trade in a press release that was issued a moment ago. No surprising details, with the Marlins receiving second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and prospects P.J. Dean and Jake Smolinksi in the deal, as widely reported.

Bonifacio

         The release contained a canned quote from Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' president of baseball operations: "It is not easy to part with individuals who have come up in this organization and been a valuable part of the Florida Marlins. They will both be missed and we wish them nothing but the best in their careers. In return, Bonifacio is a switch hitter and above average runner and defender who is Major League ready. Smolinski and Dean have high top ends and we look forward to them joining the Marlins in the near future."

            The Marlins have arranged a 2 p.m. teleconference with Beinfest and the media.

            It'll be interesting to see how the Marlins sort out what is now a crowded infield. If Bonifacio is major league "ready," as Beinfest says, that means something has to give. The corner spots are already clogged with Gaby Sanchez, Wes Helms, Jorge Cantu and Dallas McPherson. The logjam in the middle of the infield has Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Alfredo Amezaga, Robert Andino and -- now -- Bonifacio. So it stands to reason more trades are forthcoming.

      

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Jorge

If this trade is further compounded with dealing Uggla, it will be one of the worst Beinfest has ever made unless Uggla is part of some ridiculous package. I would hate to see marginal prospects replace a proven hitter.

Jimmie

This the reason why no one likes the Marlins and why I think they should leave Miami instead of waste the cities money. Thay have no commitment to winning. They always end up giving away great players and when they get great ones in return they also end up leaving. I thought when Hanley got that huge deal things would finnally change but I guess that was to get people to support the constrution of the stadium. They should move to some other city where they enjoy watching the best players end up on other teams. Baseball in general works this way. Watch the Rays will do the same in a year or two.

JRod

I hate Loria... He is a pathetic a-hole who deserves to be banished from this city... let's face it, the guy is in over his head financially and has to be the poorest owner in global professional sports, because when you trade two guys like Hammer and Olsen who where due raises to 2 and 2.5 mil respectively, than you have no reason being a professional owner... The guy needs to go... when he gets his stadium he is either going to sell the team and make more money (PLEASE SELL!!!), or he is going to continue this trend of selling off players...

The guy is a con-artist who I have no respect for... How does MLB allow this broke, dispicable man own a professional team... Shouldn't there be a payroll minimum that must be set, which is comparable and relative to the other teams and their revenue sharing program...

When the 2nd lowest payroll is double what the Marlins was (the Rays at 45 mil last year), than something is wrong and must be investigated...

christian

Loria go sell or buy ur cheap ..ss paintings at an auction, but dont be auctioning the marlins, true to the fact once he gets his stadium i hope he sells the team and moves his broke .ss outa town back to wherever the hell he came from, u gotta love the fish and what the accomplish with one hand tide behind their backs, beinfest can only do so much when loria has him penny pinching

Gene

The Marlins are at it again!!! Loria is a liar and Samson is a weasel. They are a joke who continue to trade away players to cut payroll.Too bad MLB cannot retract them.

Steve

Jimmie...the Rays WILL NOT do the same as Loria!! True,they won't be able to keep all of their young talent.But, they plan on keeping their core together,unlike the Marlins who only care about keeping the payroll down.

Steve

Jimmie...the Rays WILL NOT do the same as Loria!! True,they won't be able to keep all of their young talent.But, they plan on keeping their core together,unlike the Marlins who only care about keeping the payroll down.

flavio

Wow, lots of anger considering Olsen was going to be the odd man out in next years rotation with Sanchez, Johnson, Volstad, Nolasco and Miller. Willingham, while an awesome guy, misses extended playing time every year with a sore back and his production from left field could be better. The Marlins need defensive help to support the young pitchers next year, this kid Emilio Bonifacio seems to be just that. Can Uggla play left field? Maybe we can hide his so-so defense in left, he has the power numbers for it.

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