Originally written November 19, 2012 on NESN.com:
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Pack your bags for Canada, former Marlins. On Monday, after several days of hemming and hawing, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig decided not to block the pending trade that will send Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to the Blue Jays. The commissioner had reportedly been reviewing the trade and whether it should be blocked under the “best interests of baseball” clause due to the fact that it is viewed as another Florida firesale after MLB had helped the team attain a new ballpark. Even the mayor of Miami had gotten in on the act, sending a letter to Selig asking him to “look at” the proposed deal. Other mitigating factors that made the trade look bad for the Marlins were the fact that the team’s agreement to have their finances monitored by MLB had expired just before the trade, and the fact that the team had apparently promised Reyes and Buehrle they would not be dealt — though Miami has a organizational policy against no-trade clauses. Things have gotten so bad...
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