The trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays included 12 players including high priced superstars and prospects as finally been approved after taking about six days for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to officially approve the deal.
Selig carefully review the trade according to a statement he released Monday:
“Since Tuesday, I have carefully reviewed the proposed transaction between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays. I asked our Baseball Operations Department and our Labor Relations Department to compare this proposed transaction with similar deals. I also consulted with experienced baseball operations executives to get their input regarding the talent involved in this transaction.”
Selig then states that the trade at hand and did not warrant any exercise of powers to veto the trade.
“After a thorough examination of this information, it is my conclusion that this transaction, involving established Major Leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both Clubs, does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion. It is, of course, up to the Clubs involved to make the case to their respective fans that this transaction makes sense and enhances the competitive position of each, now or in the future.”
In the last statement Selig expressed his condolences to the Marlins faithful.
“I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard since Tuesday. Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park. Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their Club. I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of.”
In the end, the Marlins sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays for Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Desclafani.
The approval of the trade could have gone either way. The Marlins are getting a boat load of talent from Toronto but with the amount of money swapping at hand and considering that the team is owned by a corrupt dictator, Selig could have stopped it.
Jeffrey Loria broke promises to the fans and the players in a dishonorable way, all for money. The tax payers of Miami will be paying for the stadium for a long time and the least the organization could do was to put a winning ball club on the field.
They through all of those chances away last week.
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