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Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily said he’s “glad” the organization traded outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, adding, “If they don’t want to be here, good for them.”
On Friday, Steven Wine of the Associated Press relayed comments from Straily, one of the veteran players not dealt so far during the team’s offseason overhaul.
“I really agreed with what happened,” he said. “I feel like with the pieces they brought in, this might flip around a little quicker than people realize. I’m not saying today, but I’m excited to be here and try to mentor guys coming into the big leagues for the first time.”
The Marlins’ new owners, led by Bruce Sherman and New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, entered their first winter in charge with a goal to dramatically reduce the team’s payroll.
In an eight-day span starting Dec. 7, they traded Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners, Stanton to the Yankees and Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Yelich’s agent, Joe Longo, responded to those moves by telling ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick his client’s relationship with the franchise was “irretrievably broken” and he sought a trade before spring training.
Miami granted Yelich’s wish by shipping him to the Milwaukee Brewers in late January.
Straily is taking a different approach. The starter, who’s under team control through 2020, told the AP he hopes to see the retooling process through to the end.
“That’s the goal,” said the right-hander, whose $3.375 million salary ranks seventh on the team. “I want to be part of the rebuilding and part of a championship.”
Straily, who owns a 4.25 career ERA in six MLB seasons, should serve as the ace of a Marlins starting rotation that’s otherwise devoid of proven talent.