TORONTO - MLB commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he would examine the 12-player trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays once the deal is presented to him.
However, once the finalized deal, with physicals, is sent to the commissioner's office in New York the trade is expected to be approved.
Two neutral general managers said the deal would go through, one saying, “The real issue here is between Marlins fans and Marlins ownership ... owners usually do what they want.”
Selig said two independent baseball people he’d spoken felt that the Marlins did well in the blockbuster as the owners meetings came to a close in Rosemont, Ill., near O’Hare airport -- the same place Pat Gillick acquired Robbie Alomar and Joe Carter at the 1990 winter meetings, if you are into signs.
Was this a ‘yeah we’ll look into it comment,’ or is the trade in doubt?
The trade can’t be presented to Selig until all 12 players have their physicals and that could take a few days. News of the deal broke Tuesday night with Jays catcher Jeff Mathis receiving a call on a hunting trip that he was headed to the Marlins.
Under the Basic Agreement players have three days to take their physicals.
Miami has agreed to send all-star shortstop Jose Reyes, right-hander Josh Johnson, lefty Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and outfielder/second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
The Jays parted with young prospects: Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and Henderson Alvarez, shortstop Yunel Escobar and catcher Jeff Mathis plus minor leaguers Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani.