Christian Yelich's relationship with the Miami Marlins is "irretrievably broken," and it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday. Yelich, 26, is the Marlins' most prominent player now that the team has traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon in the quest to cut payroll under the new Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman ownership group. "They have a plan," agent Joe Longo said. "I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn't include Christian at this point in his career. He's in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going. "The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now. "He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He's had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don't see how it's going to work." Yelich, catcher J.T. Realmuto and infielder Starlin Castro -- who was acquired from the New York Yankees as part of the Stanton trade in December -- all have expressed displeasure with the Marlins' recent roster teardown and given either public or private indications that they would like to be traded.
Agent: Christian Yelich 'needs to get on with his career'
ESPN | Jan 16