Per an official release from the Jays, The Trade has been approved by the league, and is now, seriously, honestly, officially, stop-worrying-about-it official.
The email from the club to reporters (and, y’know, bloggers) reads:
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have completed a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins that will see the club acquire RHP JOSH JOHNSON, LHP MARK BUEHRLE, SS JOSE REYES, C JOHN BUCK, INF/OF EMILIO BONIFACIO and cash considerations. In return the Marlins will acquire SS YUNEL ESCOBAR, SS ADEINY HECHAVARRIA, RHP HENDERSON ALVAREZ, C JEFF MATHIS along with the following minor league players, LHP JUSTIN NICOLINO, RHP ANTHONY DESCLAFANI and OF JAKE MARISNICK.
It also announces that Joel Carreno has been designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for all of the delicious new players.
There was a separate release that soon followed the announcement, alerting the media to a press conference tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM, which will be attended by Alex Anthopoulos, though “it is not anticipated that any of the players involved in the recent transactions will be able to attend the press conference.”
That’s… somewhat odd. And it’s certainly not going to quiet any of the whispers we’ve been hearing that some of the players may be unhappy that they’ve landed in Toronto. But even on the off chance it really is something like that, they’re ours now, and they may have to just suck it up. I mean, sorry if your shitty agent didn’t point out that a supposed verbal promise not to trade you isn’t actually binding.
More to the point, worrying about that stuff is truly jumping the gun at this point, and may not be based at all in reality at all (see picture above). The deal is done, after all, clearing the widely reported hurdle that was Bud Selig.
The Commissioner was said to be very unhappy with the Marlins’ end of the deal, especially following all of the work that the league did in helping Jeffrey Loria get a new, taxpayer-funded stadium for his club. In the end, though, there was nothing Selig could do, as he explained in an official statement of his own:
“I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard since Tuesday,” he explained. “Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park. Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their Club. I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of.”
Ultimately, however, it was his “conclusion that this transaction, involving established Major Leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball 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.”
So… there’s that. It’s still pretty damn awesome. And so is this:
This plus deep system gives them plenty of room to make more trades. #Bluejays have been, will continue to be active. They’re going for it
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 19, 2012
Jose Bautista: “My level of confidence as an athlete has just been quadrupled and I don’t say that lightly. I mean, it’s the honest truth”
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 19, 2012
I’ll say it again: PLAYOFFS!!!!1!
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