Blue Jays-Marlins megadeal made officialMLB commisioner Bud Selig signs off on blockbuster trade
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
|Jose Reyes is now officially a Blue Jay after MLB commissioner Bud Selig approved the big Toronto-Miami trade on Monday. (J. MERIC/Getty Imags/AFP file photo)
Blue Jays fans can finally unwind after MLB commissioner Bud Selig’s approval Monday of last Tuesday’s 12-player trade that saw five Miami Marlins come to Toronto.
In the deal, the Jays acquire shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle, right-hander Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and utility player Emilio Bonifacio in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Anthony DeScalfani, outfielder Jake Marisnick and left-hander Justin Nicolino.
Selig said in a statement he conducted a thorough examination of the trade and that the deal "represents the exercise of plausible judgment on the part of both clubs, does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion."
Selig also addressed the furor between Miami and Marlins management over the deal.
"I understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park," said Selig, who said he'd have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that "they are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of."
In free agency news, outfielder Melky Cabrera passed his physical and signed a two-year, $16-million deal with the Jays.
Cabrera appeared in 113 games for the San Francisco Giants last season before getting suspended 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit .346 with 11 homers and 60 RBI.
New Blue Jays
Melky Cabrera, OF (free agency)
Jose Reyes, SS
Mark Buehrle, LHP
Josh Johnson, RHP
Emilio Bonifacio, INF/OF
John Buck, C
Yunel Escobar, SS
Jeff Mathis, C
Henderson Alvarez, RHP
Adeiny Hechavarria, INF
Anthony DeScalfani, RHP
Jake Marisnick, OF
Justin Nicolino, LHP