Selig: “not happy” w Jays-Marlins swap; now “under review”

In seemingly unrelated news, the sale of pitchforks have seen a dramatic spike in sales in the Toronto-area. Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart have set corporate rivalries aside to coordinate a massive shipment to meet demand.

But in all seriousness, if the Blue Jays trade with the Marlins is disallowed by Bud Selig it would be an unprecedented move. The MLB hasn’t intervened in a baseball trade since the 70s when three stars were traded for cash according to Mike Wilner on twitter. Shi Davidi is probably correct that Selig is just running interference on the taxpayers of Florida but nonetheless this is not welcome news.

If the deal sending Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck and a reported $8M in cash to Toronto in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani is blocked by the league it would be a first of its kind and the source of great ire for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays for the rest of eternity. The “best interests” of baseball could however be invoked in order to prevent the deal from taking place if Bug Selig decided that the optics of the firesale a season into the life of an expensive publicly-funded stadium were too unsightly to be tolerated like the attempt by Frank McCourt to sell the Dodgers’ TV rights as he dealt with a divorce and bankruptcy proceedings.

Though the optics are poor especially considering this is not the first Loria discount sale, there are many analysts who actually believe this could be a very good baseball move. Buehrle’s declining velocity and advancing age could make his contract a black hole of negative value by 2015. He also may not be looking forward to playing north of the border and could become a distraction for the team if he starts venting his frustration or allowing it to affect his on-field performance. Jose Reyes is advancing into his 30s and relies heavily upon speed to be effective. With his recent history of hamstring problems, his contract that will pay him nearly $20M/season through 2017 could be the Jays’ next Vernon Wells. Josh Johnson is only under contract for one more year and though his value may have been more in a smaller deal, the inclusion of Bonifacio and him in the trade was what helped offset the huge risk involved in taking on Reyes and Buehrle’s backloaded deals.

Though the Marlins will be hard-pressed to stay out of last place in 2013, the deals made in 2012 have positioned the team to field a good, young team `

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