Ozzie Smith auctioned off his Gold Gloves for $519,203

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Ozzie Smith announced in October that he’d be auctioning off his Gold Glove awards and World Series rings to raise money for “estate and family planning” and yesterday the auctions came to an end.

His two World Series rings–both of which were given to him as gifts by the Cardinals for their 2006 and 2011 runs–went for $51,364 and $42,448. And his 13 Gold Glove awards went for a total of $519,203.

So once the auction house subtracts its 20 percent commission Smith will end up with around $490,000 or about 1.4 percent of the total salary he was paid during his Hall of Fame career.

Maybe he truly doesn’t care about the Gold Glove awards, but this whole thing is kind of sad.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.