That's a technicality to those baseball groupies.
There were a few questionable mistakes in the original source article that are cause for a little concern so far a reliability. Namely:
- The second Loria fire sale occurred after the 2005 season, not 2004
- Lo Duca was traded to the Mets, rather than the Dodgers, less than a year after signing a multi-year deal. He was, though, acquired from the Dodgers.
- Pierre was sentenced to the Cubs rather than traded to the Dodgers
- Marlins obtained both Nolasco and Pinto from the Cubs in the Pierre trade, not from the Dodgers in the Penny trade. The pitcher obtained in that fleecing was Mota.
- Preston Wilson did not depart in the 1997 fire sale as stated in the article, and in fact, was at that time a Met. He played for the Marlins from 1999 to 2002. He did, though, depart in first of Loria's three fire sales (2002, 2005, 2007) since taking ownership of the Marlins.
But, that's typical South Florida reporting. The writers down here follow the Yankees and Red Sox. Most baseball writers down here couldn't even tell you the division in which the Marlins play, and the rest think the Marlins call San Antonio home.