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We're waiting on Bud, but he won't set a precedent

By November 19, 2012

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You'd be hard pressed to find anybody in the United States who likes the Miami Marlins-Toronto Blue Jays pending 12-player blockbuster.

It's still pending, partially because of the outcry. The Marlins are trading away four of the six highest-paid players for prospects and a couple of marginal players, a dismantling of a team that taxpayers just built an expensive new ballpark for.

Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes bought into the Marlins' vision last offseason, agreeing to long-term deals. Now they're shipped to Toronto, and aren't happy about being fed the Marlins' line, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.  (And according to the story, Buehrle owns a beloved family pit bull terrier that won't be allowed into Ontario, either.)

And back in Miami, you can imagine how Giancarlo Stanton, the team's best player by default, feels about being left out to dry. He aired his grievances to Peter Gammons on MLB.com:

"They talked about that, a winning philosophy, and how they were building a winner to play in the new ballpark," Stanton said. "They talked about me and Jose [Reyes]. They talked about how they'd have Jose and [Emilio Bonifacio] and Hanley [Ramirez] in front of me and how they would go get a bat to protect me.

"Jose, Bonifacio, Hanley ... all three are gone now. I had people warn me that something like this could happen, but it runs against the competitive nature every athlete has, that nature that everything is about winning. This kind of thing is what gets talked about all the time around this team. Former Marlins come back and they warn us. It gets talked about during the stretch, in the clubhouse, after games, on the road. Again, I do not like this at all."

Stanton won't get traded yet -- he'll have to wait until he becomes too expensive when he becomes arbitration-eligible in 2014. It's highly unlikely the Marlins will have a winning season before then.

Selig hasn't ruled on the trade, but historically he's not one to really rock the boat in deals between teams. It would open a pretty rancid can of worms. Baseball has voided trades in the past for competitive balance, but the best example was when the Oakland A's essentially tried to sell the contracts of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers in 1976. The Marlins are at least getting something in return, and a couple of these prospects could turn out to be big-leaguers someday.

But that's in the future. And if they got too good, the Marlins would probably just trade them away, too.

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November 19, 2012 at 2:02 am
(1) octoberbaseball says:
November 19, 2012 at 9:15 am
(2) TV baseball fan says:

These players are ecstatic to get out of Miami Scott. I’m sure Mark Buehrle has no problems parting with his dog for a shot at a World Series. Jose Reyes looks pretty excited in the picture above.

November 19, 2012 at 9:47 am
(3) Sean says:

Seriously? Buerhle would be happy to trade his dog for a world series ring? If you know anything about him you would know how much he loves his dogs and the fuss he and his wife will cause over this. It was sort of a big deal in Miami because they have a similar law. I think they ended up choosing a residence in broward county but that 20-30 minutes away from the stadium.

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