by: Juan C. Rodriguez November 21st, 2012
Marlins fans felt like they were sold a bill of goods. So does Mark Buehrle, who last offseason agreed to a four-year, $58 million free agent contract only to find himself a member of the Toronto Blue Jays a year later.
Buehrle in a statement said: “I’m upset with how things turned out in Miami. Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions. But I’m putting it behind me and looking forward to moving on with my career.”
Jeff Berry, co-head of CAA baseball and Buehrle’s agent, added: “In an off-season of change and uncertainty, the overriding factor in Mark’s signing with Miami was Ozzie Guillen and the level of comfort his presence provided Mark and his family. While the Marlins were the highest bidder, baseball had already made Mark a wealthy man, so money was far from the most important factor in his decision. (IF YOU BELIEVE THAT I HAVE A SWAMP YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN) Throughout the recruiting process, the Marlins made repeated assurances about their long-term commitment to Mark and his family and their long-term commitment to building a winning tradition of Marlins baseball in the new stadium. This was demonstrated by their already completed signings of Ozzie, Heath Bell and Jose Reyes.
“At the same time, given the Marlins history, we were all certainly aware of and voiced concern about the lack of no-trade protection. (SO SHOULDN’T HE HAVE FOUND ANOTHER WAY TO PROTECT HIS CLIENT?)This is unquestionably a business, and signing with the Marlins was a calculated risk. Mark held up his end of the bargain; unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the Marlins. (HE’S BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE HE FAILED TO DO HIS JOB) That said, Mark is a consummate professional and is looking forward to joining his new teammates in Toronto.”
Chris Leible, one of Reyes’ agents said his client was, “More surprised than anything else. He didn’t see that one coming, (ISN’T THAT WHAT HE PAYS HIS AGENT TO DO?) but he understands it’s part of the game.”
Like Buehrle, both Reyes and his representatives were repeatedly told during the season he would not be traded.
Asked about any verbal assurances the Marlins gave the two players, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said: “Speaking for myself, I’m not aware of any assurances. I will tell you if they came from me they would be in writing in a no-trade clause. I can’t speak to it other than I’m not aware of it. Generally with these types of deals, when you’re talking about the money and with the sophistication of agents today, most everything that is pertinent is in writing.” (LIKE DELGADO’S TAX EQUALIZATION CLAUSE)
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