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You knew when Hanley Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen were shown the door in Miami that the grand experiment was over.
That the Marlins would dump millions in contracts three weeks after the season was over is another story.
Yet in a move that enraged Marlins fans, Miami shipped (via USA TODAY) Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck and cash to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis and three prospects.
The deal drew such strong protests that it took six days for Commissioner Bud Selig to approve (via CBS Sports) it.
Instantly, the Blue Jays had jumped into a contender role in the AL East and Marlins fans were resigned to a team likely to drop 100 games.