UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Selig is done reviewing the deal, and the trade will be processed. The news comes from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet:
The commissioner gave his reason for accepting the blockbuster deal (via Davidi):
In statement Selig says deal: "represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both Clubs."— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 19, 2012
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It's a start. From Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who empathizes with the Miami Marlins fans, said Thursday that he will thoroughly review the controversial trade between the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays before permitting the deal to be finalized.
"I am aware of the anger,'' Selig said. "I am. I'm also aware that in Toronto they're very happy."
Selig went on to add, via Nightengale:
My job is to do what's in the best interest of baseball. People have different views of that, on what you should do, and how you should do it. I've spent a lot of time on this.
I know what the commissioner can do, can't do, what his legal responsibilities are, and other things. I understand all of that. I understand the feeling. In the end, I'll do what I've done in other past situations.
Here's your subtext: I probably can't overturn this trade, but I'm going to go through every loophole and tiny detail to see if I can find a way to nix this deal, because like everyone else with a brain I think the Marlins' move was absolute garbage.
To review, the proposed deal would send Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick, Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani.
Another way to view this trade: The Marlins are trading any decent player they have that is making decent money for a clubhouse cancer in Escobar, a pitcher with potential in Alvarez and a whole slew of prospects.
The move has been widely decried by Marlins fans and baseball writers as a horrendous decision by owner Jeffrey Loria, who has bamboozled Miami residents into building a new stadium, made several big free-agent signings that winter and then proceeded to gut the roster and fire the manager after a disappointing season.
Loria's scheming is pretty transparent here. As a baseball fan, it's pretty awful.
But as Nightengale pointed out in the report, it's unlikely the deal will be tampered with:
It's highly unlikely that Selig will overturn the trade, according to two baseball executives with knowledge of Selig's thinking, believing it might set a dangerous precedent. The executives spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the matter is ongoing.
If Selig can find a way to overturn this trade, I implore him to do so. But life isn't fair, and I have a feeling this incredibly unfair deal isn't going to be nixed. And for that, I apologize to you, Marlins fans.
You deserve better than this.
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