Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle‘s disappointing tenure as a member of the Miami Marlins lasted just one season but the left-hander is glad that he is no longer a member of the Marlins.
Buehrle who signed a four-year, $58 million deal with the Marlins just last off-season was part of the trade that took place last week between the Marlins and the Blue Jays which sent the 12-year veteran along with Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and two others to Toronto in-exchange for Yunel Escobar and a group of prospects so that Miami could shed $146.5 million worth of payroll promises in the future.
Buehrle was upset at the fact he felt the Marlins lied to him about their commitment not only to him as a player but also the entire organization’s commitment to winning.
In a statement released by his agent Jeff Berry, Buehrle had the following to say, “I’m upset with how things turned out in Miami. Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions. But I’m putting it behind me and looking forward to moving on with my career.”
In that same statement Berry went on to shed a bit more light on the situation saying, “Throughout the recruiting process, the Marlins made repeated assurances about their long-term commitment to Mark and his family and their long-term commitment to building a winning tradition of Marlins baseball in the new stadium. At the same time, given the Marlins history, we were all certainly aware of and voiced concern about the lack of no-trade protection. This is unquestionably a business, and signing with the Marlins was a calculated risk. Mark held up his end of the bargain; unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the Marlins.”
Last season Buehrle put together a 13-13 record with a 3.74 ERA and was able to exceed 200 innings pitched for the 12th consecutive season, proving to be the workhorse he has been throughout his entire career.