Miami Marlins Trade Yunel Escobar, Now Have MLB's Lowest Payroll

Yunel Escobar promised to be the strip-mined Miami Marlins' most interesting player next year. The Cuban shortstop had loads of talent, plus an unmatched ability to act incredibly dumb -- like last season, when he was suspended for writing the anti-gay slur "Tu Ere Maricon" on his eyeblack.

Well, Escobar's Miami stay turned out to be even shorter than team president/evil midget David Samson. Escobar was shipped to Tampa Bay last night, and Miami now officially has the lowest payroll in the bigs. But don't worry -- Jeffrey Loria swears he's going to "reinvest" all that stripped cash.

Escobar and his $5 million salary goes to the Rays in exchange for a minor league infielder, a move that brings the Marlins payroll down to $38 million -- an eye-popping $151.5 million reduction from last year's club.

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That's not a firesale, it's a fire tornado.

Just to compare, the entire Miami Marlins roster now makes:

Here's the best news: The salary dump still may not be finished. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Ricky Nolasco -- in other words, the Marlins two remaining established major league players -- have requested trades.

Any second-string high school second basemen in the greater Miami area may want to drop a resume off at (gleaming new, taxpayer-funded) Marlins Park -- the Marlins may need your services next year.

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