(SP) – The Miami Marlins are host to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game and team owner Jeffrey Loria has reportedly been working the phones this week looking to deal the home team National League All-Stars.
“He’s looking to break the whole team up,” said one MLB front office source. “They haven’t played a game together yet, but he thinks it’s time to press the reset button and start over.”
Loria has been looking to deal the All-Stars for Single-A prospects and draft picks with an eye towards building another star-studded team in six years or so.
“We’ll see what happens,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. “No one has tried to trade All-Stars before and, because of that, I’m not sure if there’s a rule against it. Jeff is the de facto team owner during the All-Star Game festivities. I know he was bitching about his electric bill from all the media being here with laptops and equipment plugged in. So I know he’s looking to cut costs any way he can.”
National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton says he hopes to stay on the team, but will accept any outcome.
“You know what you’re getting into when you’re on a Jeffrey Loria team,” said the slugger. “I just hope I’m not traded to the Marlins. They have no future.”