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The Traded-By-Loria's Marlins All-Star team

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera have both been traded by Jeffrey Loria's Marlins.
Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Cabrera have both been traded by Jeffrey Loria's Marlins. (USATSI)

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Earlier Friday, I posted the excellent GIF of Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera hitting six pitches from outside the strike zone out of the park. And in the comments section, "Rafalution" noted how awful the Cabrera trade was for the Marlins. And it got me thinking: what would an All-Star team of players the Marlins have traded in the Jeffrey Loria era look like?

So, just for fun, let's do it. After all, Friday brings us no day baseball.

The first rule is that the trade had to have happened on the watch of notorious -- and rightfully so -- owner Jeffrey Loria, who took over ownership in 2002. We'll start with trades that happened during the 2003 season. That means no Mike Piazza or Johan Santana, for example. The second rule is that we're sticking to current players, so no Derrek Lee, Brad Penny, Carlos Delgado or Mike Lowell.

Please note this is not -- I cannot stress this enough -- a post about what the Marlins could look like if they held all these guys. Circumstances change with every single trade, and some of these players were traded for each other. This is just a fun look at how good an All-Star team we can put together with the players the Marlins have traded in the past decade.

Anywho, let's dive in.

Catcher: John Buck (traded Nov. 19, 2012, with Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes to Blue Jays for Anthony DeSclafani, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis).

Buck was awful for the Marlins last year, but he has 10 homers and 31 RBI for the Mets this season. Padres catcher John Baker is our backup here.

First baseman: Adrian Gonzalez (traded July 11, 2003, with Will Smith and Ryan Snare to Rangers for Ugueth Urbina).

Consideirng Urbina was the Marlins' closer when they won the World Series in 2003, it's hard to go nuts about this deal. But to reiterate, I'm not putting together a "what the Marlins could look like" list here. Gaby Sanchez is the backup.

Second baseman: Omar Infante (traded July 23, 2012, with Anibal Sanchez to Tigers for Brian Flynn, Rob Brantly and Jacob Turner).

The non-power-hitting middle infielder has a higher slugging percentage (.443) than the entire 2013 Marlins team (.317) in blowout fashion. Dan Uggla is a backup option.

Shortstop: Jose Reyes (traded Nov. 19, 2012, with Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Blue Jays for Anthony DeSclafani, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis).

Sure, there's a stigma to Reyes because of his injury history. But in the past two seasons, when healthy, he's hitting .293/.354/.438 with 39 doubles, 12 triples, 12 homers, 62 RBI, 91 runs and 45 stolen bases in 170 games.

Third base: Hanley Ramirez (traded July 25, 2012, with Randy Choate to Dodgers for Scott McGough and Nathan Eovaldi).

Don't freak out. Miggy's gonna be listed a bit lower. I just wanted to work the talented Ramirez into the lineup here.

Left field: Josh Willingham (traded Nov. 10, 2008, with Scott Olsen to Nationals for Jake Smolinski, P.J. Dean and Emilio Bonifacio).

He clubbed 35 homers and drove in 110 runs last year.

Center field: Cameron Maybin (traded Nov. 13, 2010, to Padres for Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb).

Funny enough, it's slim pickings in the outfield after I had a lot of decent-to-great choices in the infield. I guess the Marlins love holding their outfielders.

Right field: Emilio Bonifacio (traded Nov. 19, 2012, with John Buck, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes to Blue Jays for Anthony DeSclafani, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis).

Willingham, Maybin and Bonifacio were the only three big-league outfielders the Marlins traded in this time frame.

Designated hitter: Miguel Cabrera (traded Dec. 4, 2007, with Dontrelle Willis to Tigers for Dallas Trahern, Burke Badenhop, Frankie De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo).

I'm guessing Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski loves hearing from anyone in the Marlins' front office.

Starting pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (traded July 23, 2012, with Omar Infante to Tigers for Brian Flynn, Rob Brantly and Jacob Turner), Josh Johnson (traded Nov. 19, 2012, with Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to Blue Jays for Anthony DeSclafani, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis.), Josh Beckett (traded Nov. 24, 2005, with Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to Red Sox for Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia, Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez.), Mark Buehrle (traded Nov. 19, 2012, with Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes to Blue Jays for Anthony DeSclafani, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis).

Obviously, the latter three of this group are having a pretty bad go of things in 2013, but there's still plenty of talent here.

Closer: Edward Mujica (traded July 31, 2012, to Cardinals for Zack Cox).

He's probably headed to the All-Star Game this year. Heath Bell, Randy Choate, Darren Oliver, Matt Lindstrom and Kevin Gregg could join Mujica in the bullpen.

Starting lineup

1. Reyes, SS
2. Infante, 2B
3. Cabrera, DH
4. Gonzalez, 1B
5. Ramirez, 3B
6. Willingham, LF
7. Buck, C
8. Maybin, CF
9. Bonifacio, RF
SP: Sanchez

That's pretty stout for a group of players traded by the same team since the 2003 season started.

 
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