We all knew that the Toronto Blue Jays annexing the Miami Marlins was morally despicable on the part of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, but we expected it to go through. Now, could the commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig put a stop to it? According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the trade is now "under review" by Selig.
Nightengale also added, "Selig feels for the Marlins fans and will take everything in consideration before making decision".
While Selig may feel for the Marlins fans, the rules may not allow for Selig to block a trade. Once the commissioner starts deciding who can trade players and when, it severely inhibits the ability of teams to build their franchises. That is a dangerous route to go down.
What Selig could do instead is to make sure that owners such as Jeffrey Loria have no business in Major League Baseball. After explaining to CBS's Jon Heyman why the Marlins "needed a new course", Loria said that he has no intention to sell the team: