Following the latest Miami Marlins fire sale that will send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonfacio to the Toronto Blue Jays in yet another despicable move by team owner Jeffrey Loria, a couple of the players are speaking out and saying that management lied to them. Reyes and Beuhrle are saying that the Marlins gave them verbal guarantees that they would not be traded. They both signed long term free agent deals with Miami less than one year ago.
And now, they are headed to Toronto and very upset.
Guess what? Too bad.
I will be the first to tell you that this is just another disgusting action by the worst owner in all of professional sports. Hell, I said that this team should be contracted if Major League Baseball cannot take over full control of the organization. That is how strongly I feel about my pure and utter loathing toward Loria and the Marlins.
But I do not, however, feel badly for Reyes or Buehrle.
Did the Marlins lie and give them verbal assurances that they will not be traded? Maybe. Who knows. It is their word against the Marlins. We all know that this franchise is lined with immoral and unethical characters, so it would not surprise me if they did tell both Reyes and Buehrle that they would not be traded.
Still, if either player has been paying attention for more than 15 years, they will know that this is standard operating procedures when it comes to the Marlins. They lie. They are liars. Always have been. Always will be, at least until the league finally steps in and does the right thing.
The Marlins sign players, see how things work for a year, and then unload them all. Generally, these such moves have come after the team won the World Series, but management and the owner did not even give it one full season before beginning this most recent fire sale during the 2012 MLB season, followed by this blockbuster to begin the offseason. This is nothing new.
Reyes and Buehrle signed for big money. They took the deals in Florida with the added bonus of no state income tax. It makes large contracts even more lucrative and valuable. But you know going into the deal that the Marlins never ever sign players to contracts that include any no-trade clause. Any player can be traded to any team at any given time. That is how this team deals.
So, yes, perhaps Reyes and Beuhrle were told that they would not be traded prior to finalizing last winter’s huge deals.
But they should have known better.
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