Owner Jeffrey Loria, in Chicago for the baseball owners meetings, spoke with CBSSports.com baseball writer Jon Heyman Wednesday about the 12-team trade the Marlins made with the Blue Jays Tuesday night.
"We finished in last place. Figure it out,'' a defiant Loria told Heyman.
Loria also emphatically said he isn't selling the team.
"Absolutely not,'' Loria told Heyman. "That's more stupidity."
Loria, who turns 72 next Tuesday, took issue with the media coverage of the trade and suggested selling the team's veteran stars was the right course of action.
"We have to get better," Loria told Heyman. "We can't finish in last place. We finished in last place. That's unacceptable. We have to take a new course."
Loria had only positive words for Jose Reyes, who along with Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle are part of the 12-player trade that will save the Marlins $166 million once finalized.
"Wonderful guy. I love Jose Reyes," Loria told Heyman. 'What's not to love?"