It stood to reason that Chris Valaika's future with the Marlins was pretty much toast when owner Jeffrey Loria vetoed the infielder's promotion from the minors late in the season. The reason: Loria was perturbed that Valaika, along with a handful of other players, complained to management that he had been harassed verbally by former hitting coach Tino Martinez, who resigned in the wake of the allegations. Martinez was Loria's hand-picked hire.
The front office wanted to call up Valaika from Triple A New Orleans in August. But Loria said no.
And sure enough, Valaika on Sunday signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
But what's most interesting is one of Rosenthal's follow-up tweets, in which he quotes Valaika's agent, Joel Wolfe.
"Chris is very excited to be with a first-class organization," Rosenthal reported Wolfe as saying.
Was it a subtle dig at the Marlins? One way or the other, it's definitely a comment worth noting.
Why? Wolfe also represents Giancarlo Stanton.