Blue Jays Trade Up for Review: Selig Has No Business Trying to Overturn the Deal
To summarize the deal, the Blue Jays sent shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, as well as pitcher Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis, and prospects Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeScalfani, and Justin Nicolino to the Miami Marlins.
In exchange, the Jays received All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, as well as utilityman Emilio Bonafacio and catcher John Buck.
This deal also supposedly includes a sum of cash heading Toronto's way in the neighbourhood of $8 million.
However, here comes the wrinkle: any deal that involves a sum of money being transferred needs to be reviewed by the Commissioner.
In most part due to the public outcry of this deal, and the anger of it league-wide, Selig is putting special attention on this deal and will review it even further.
This leads me to believe as a Blue Jays fan, does Bud Selig just hate the idea of a Canadian team being successful?
The last time a Canadian club was successful was in 1994 when the Montreal Expos were pennant contenders with a record of 74-40. That year, MLB shut down and went on strike. Baseball was never the same in Montreal following the strike and because of that, the Expos were moved to Washington, DC, and are now the Nationals.
Fast forward to today, and Bud Selig is at it again sticking his nose in where it shouldn't be in the first place.
In light of the deal, it created major positive buzz in all of Canada. The Blue Jays are spending money! When do Flex Packs go on sale? Where can I get my Jose Reyes jersey?! Just some of the talk I've been hearing around the country.
However, down in Miami, the Marlins fans feel taken advantage of. The Marlins spent tons of cash last offseason and brought in a slew of talented players that just didn't mesh. They also opened a publicly funded stadium that, while aesthetically pleasing, wasn't very conducive to high scoring baseball.
Long story short, the Marlins ownership decided that spending that money was a mistake, and decided to deal most of their high-priced talent elsewhere. Gone are Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and now—hopefully for Jays fans' sake—Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonafacio and John Buck.
Owner Jeffrey Loria may have to tread carefully in Miami, as many Marlins fans are asking for his head on a platter.
This is the third time the Marlins have had an epic fire sale, but this is the first time they've done it after a poor season. When they usually sell all their talent is after winning a World Series.
While Selig is considerate of Marlins fans feelings, there are two things he needs to understand before attempting to overturn this deal.
1) Both sides gave up talent, Miami the higher priced talent. However, a trade I deem to be terrible is one in which one side gives up talent and one side gives up cash and nothing else.
For example, in basketball, Paul Gasol was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javarris Crittenton, as well as draft picks. Many believe that deal was terrible; that was until one of the draft picks turned out to be Pau's younger brother Marc, who is now a top center in the NBA.
In summary, when you trade young talent, you're taking a risk they don't end up being All-Stars. The Jays gave up essentially three of their top 8 prospects, as well as major league talent. The Gasol trade wasn't overturned, this one should not be.
2) We head back to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox deal completed this past summer in which the large contracts of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett were shipped to Hollywood for James Loney, and two prospects plus player(s) to be named later.
In retrospect, Selig allowed this deal to go through, and one could argue this deal is far more lopsided than the Blue Jays one.
According to MLBNetwork's Jon Mayo, out of all the prospects Boston received, only Allen Webster ranks in the teams' top 20, at sixth. Ivan DeJesus, Rubby De La Rosa, and Jerry Sands were nowhere to be found.
The Jays, on the other hand, gave up major pieces to the future. Marisnick was ranked second, Nicolino was fifth, and Hechavarria was seventh, not to mention Henderson Alvarez, if not in the majors, would likely be a top 10 prospect as well in the system.
Needless to say, I think Selig would be out to lunch to overturn a deal like this, when he allowed such awful trades to go through in the past. Who can forget Raul Mondesi getting dealt for Scott Wiggins as a Jays fan.
As far as the deal goes, I think the wait is just window dressing. The MLB and Selig want to make their concern look legit, however, in reality, they have no business stepping in on the deal and will be making a very large mistake by interfering in this deal.
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