Christian Yelich's agent: Relationship with Marlins 'irretrievably broken'

Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich was "unhappy" with the team following several big trades earlier this offseason and wished to receive an explanation from the front office.

Now, whether that meeting happened or not, Yelich's agent, Joe Longo, tells ESPN that the relationship between his client and the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

"They have a plan," Longo said Tuesday. "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 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.

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Since October under the new ownership group that includes CEO Derek Jeter, the Marlins traded National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, two-time All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna to reduce payroll.

As a result, Yelich, catcher J.T. Realmuto and second baseman Starlin Castro have all reportedly requested to be traded.

Marlins general manager Michael Hill has been fielding trade offers for Yelich in recent weeks, according to the ESPN report, and the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies have at least inquired about the 26-year-old.

Yelich has won a Gold Glove (2014) and Silver Slugger (2016). The outfielder hit .282 with 18 home runs, 81 RBIs and 16 stolen bases this year. He owns a .290/.369/.432 across five seasons in Miami.

Yelich has four years left on a team-friendly multiyear contract that will pay him a guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021.

"It was a completely different climate at the time," Longo said of when Yelich signed his extension. "They were built to win immediately. And that's something Christian wanted to be a part of. The climate there when he signed was to win -- with a long-term vision. It's completely changed now, and I don't see him buying into the new business plan.

"Each of the players was a good friend of his off the field. He understands this is a business. But with the depth of the talent that was traded off -- he was very shocked and saddened to see these people leave."

Longo added that Yelich might be ready to speak publicly on the matter "soon." Yelich has been invited to the team's FanFest on Feb. 10 but has yet to say if he will attend.

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