Baseball won’t block Miami-Blue Jays blockbuster trade
The Miami Marlins have finalized their big salary dumping trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes to Toronto with pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio for seven relatively low-priced players.
The trade was finalized Monday after baseball Commissioner Bud Selig decided not to block it.
In a statement released by MLB, the commissioner wrote:
“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 (and) 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.”
The players traded by the Marlins have combined guaranteed salaries of $163.75 million through 2018, including $96 million due Reyes.
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