MLB Officially Approves Marlins-Blue Jays Trade
The MLB has officially approved the trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays which saw pretty much every Marlins player of not named Giancarlo Stanton up north.
Despite a letter sent to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig by Mayor Tomas Regalado and some speculation that the MLB might stop the trade, the league gave their blessing to what amounts to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's big stinking salary dump.
The deal relieves the Marlins of $163.75 million in salary guarantees through the next six years, and leaves the team, as of right now, with a pretty bare bones lineup.
Selig had promised to look into the trade, but it appears ultimately he found nothing fishy about it
Here's Selig's official statement:
"Since Tuesday, I have carefully reviewed the proposed transaction between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays. I asked our Baseball Operations Department and our Labor Relations Department to compare this proposed transaction with similar deals. I also consulted with experienced baseball operations executives to get their input regarding the talent involved in this transaction.Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.
"After a thorough examination of this information, it is my conclusion that 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, 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.
"I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard since Tuesday. Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park. Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their Club. I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of."