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Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle upset Marlins broke promises regarding trades

Nov 16, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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Here’s some more fallout from the Marlins’ pending 12-player blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle are upset that the team broke verbal promises to them regarding trades.

The Marlins do not award no-trade clauses, but club officials, while recruiting Reyes and Buerhle as free agents last offseason, assured both players that they would not be moved, sources said.

Buehrle knew the Marlins’ history of dumping high-priced players, and it concerned him, according to a friend. Team president David Samson, however, told both Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, that the team was committed to a long-term vision, sources said.

A source close to Reyes, asked if the shortstop also received verbal assurances from the Marlins that he would not be traded, responded, “The answer is yes. A vehement yes.”

There are plenty of reasons to criticize Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, many of which have been detailed on this blog this week, but it’s tough to have much sympathy for Reyes and Buehrle in this instance. They each had the opportunity to get formal no-trade clauses included in their contracts last offseason, but they sacrificed it because the Marlins offered the most money. Taking the Marlins at their word? The representatives of Reyes and Buehrle have to know better than that.

  1. wj4122 - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Why hasn’t delighted stepped in yet? He took out McCourt and that was only within two years of the team going to back to back nlcs appearances. I have no sympathy for players that choose to sign with a team knowing there is no contractual agreement of them not being traded. I feel bad for the fans of this franchise loria has treated the fans and community worse than the gunk that he finds at the bottom of his old boots.

    • chill1184 - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Why should the league step in? There are several teams for years have yet to put quality products on the field and it doesn’t get even an eye bat. (cough) Pirates 20 year losing streak (cough). The only person that deserves any sympathy is Stanton

  2. wj4122 - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    The dh makes me sick.

  3. jpietrefesa - Nov 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    so sick of seeing professional athletes whine when they don’t get EXACTLY what they want. This kind of bickering never went on back in the day. you may not be happy but u make millions of dollars to help ease the discomfort.

  4. SOBEIT - Nov 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Sadly, they have no one to blame but their agents and themselves for not securing a better contract other than the top $$$.

    But they have to think about the other end of the stick…where Giancarlo is on. What if you were still on this team and destined to lose 90+games in 2013. So yes, theoretically, if you got the no trade but you are stuck on a team that is terrible,. Is that really better. At least they are going to a team that will be competitive next year and have a chance to make the playoffs. Stanton gets to play to an empty ballpark (that now seems even more empty because of and actual roof) and hear club music at the Clevelander and Bud bar where no one will be at because the fans will boycott the team.

    Also, their agents should pay for the loss of wages because the new tax hit will be huge going from Florida to Canada. No state tax on $10M plus per year adds up quick.

    • vanindeed - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      The tax hit will be worth it once you see you have a chance to win

  5. mottershead1972 - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Bottom line, they signed w the fish cause they offered the most coin, period. I do believe they were, wink wink, told they wouldn’t be traded, but didn’t get it in writing… They got the $$$ in writing for sure.

  6. mscxvd - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I guess this shows you sometimes money isnt everything.

  7. vincentbojackson - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    David Samson is a greasy little weasel. He must have nude photos of somebody that he’s using as leverage. That’s the only logical explanation for him still having a job.

  8. galaragabigcat - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    I feel bad for Jose and Mar, but they had to see the writing on the wall! The Marlins are known for dumping high priced players, look what they did when they won the World Series, they basically traded the whole team away including Hit King Miguel Cabrera! The Marlins could have been set up to win multiple World Series with the talent they had, but they traded everyone. I can’t believe anyone would go to the Marlins without insisting on a no trade clause. All they see is $ signs, which clouds their judgement. Reyes should have taken a little less money and stayed with the Mets where he could have gotten a no trade clause and has a fan base that loves him. He could. Have finished his career in NY. Mark could have finished his career in Chicago, where he could have gotten a no trade clause and almost the same amount of money! What were they thinking to believe Marlins Management?

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