Jeff Loria says Marlins trade will get team 'out of the cellar'

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami completed a controversial trade with Toronto on Wednesday.

The Miami Marlins completed a big trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday; Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson were included in the deal. The transaction proved to be controversial among Marlins fans, but after it was completed, team owner Jeff Loria defended the decision to make the move. He told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that the team had to go in a different direction after its last place finish in 2012.

"We finished in last place," Loria told Jon Heyman. "You figure it out...We have to get better. We can't finish in last place. We finished in last place. That's unacceptable. We have to take a new course."

Buehrle and Reyes were two of Miami's significant free agent signings last offseason. Despite the additions, though, the Marlins lost 93 games this season, and manager Ozzie Guillen lost his job as a result. Reliever Heath Bell, whom Miami also signed last winter, was traded to Arizona in October.

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