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Oh, Burke Badenhop, you poor, poor soul. There's nothing you could have ever done to win the hearts of Marlins fans.
I'll always look back to the 2007 offseason and dream of how your roster spot could have belonged to Matt Kemp or Howie Kendrick or Gio Gonzalez or even Clayton Kershaw, rather than, well, you.
So many teams wanted Miguel Cabrera when the Marlins began to listen to offers for the superstar third baseman four years ago. So many teams wanted him so badly that front offices in L.A. and Chicago began to offer all kinds of young, up-and-coming players gifted with ridiculous potential.
Yet, when push came to shove, the Marlins brass decided to send Miggy (along with what remained of the derailed D-Train) off to Detroit for a package that included then-prospects Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo, Eulogio de la Cruz, Dallas Trahern and the man of the hour, Mr. Badenhop. At the time, sure, it made some kind of sense, I suppose, as the front office was trying to get the deal wrapped up as soon as possible. Although many felt the team had passed up on a few much better offers.
As the aftermath of this trade goes to show, "hindsight is always 20/20," or perhaps "slow and steady wins the race"—particularly when the end result sets the team back five years.
Miguel Cabrera is now battling for MVP candidacy in Detroit with his teammate Justin Verlander while leading the Tigers to the AL Central crown. Meanwhile, in Florida, Miller and Maybin both flopped badly, ran out of time to blossom and were sent packing to Boston and San Diego respectively this past offseason.
It's the most lopsided, self-destructive trade in franchise history, and all that remains is Badenhop. The Marlins would be wise to let him go this offseason and leave those ghosts behind in Wayne "Satan" Huizenga's backyard.
Sorry Hopper, you're just not worth the nightmares.