Execs concerned about Marlins' big trade

Updated: November 15, 2012, 3:43 PM ET
By Buster Olney

There will be a lot of angry feelings expressed at the owners' meetings about the amount of revenue-sharing dollars given to the Miami Marlins through the years, some executives predicted. There will be a lot of opinions rendered there about the recklessness with which the Marlins executed their plans, regardless of their true motives -- whether it be a complete cash grab, or about setting up the club for future sale, or whether they actually want to win.

But two high-ranking club executives had a different take on what the Marlins' massive sell-off could really mean, in the big picture. "A couple of years from now," said one official, "we might look back on this as a warning sign."

He was talking about the split between the Haves and the Have-Nots, which is increasingly becoming a concern for some of the smaller-market teams. Officials from some of the Have-Nots were furious about the terms of the labor agreement that went into effect this year, believing that it really hurt the efforts of the small-market teams to compete. Not only did the agreement fail to provide additional draft picks or spending stipends for the international market for the Have-Nots, with the draft and signing caps, it essentially put clubs like the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays under the same rules as the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.