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At first, negotiations with Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos centered around Josh Johnson. Moving him alone might have angered Miami Marlins fans, but with the right-hander entering an expensive walk year, they would've understood.
However, the Fish alienated what remained of their small following by dumping Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes. Their contracts were back-loaded yet affordable for a franchise profiting off a new ballpark and line of apparel.
Though surrendering star players is never popular, it can be wise if the exchange includes elite prospects.
It doesn't seem that any of the seven newcomers have All-Star potential. Justin Nicolino, 21, owns gaudy minor league stats, but you won't find anyone who expects him to be an MLB ace with such an ordinary repertoire.
Convinced that the team doesn't care about competing, a lot of former supporters will stay away from Marlins Park in 2013.