So, remember how there had been whispers or worries about newly-acquired Jays lefty Mark Buehrle not being entirely happy with what transpired last week, as he, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and others were dumped by the Marlins in exchange for a few prospects and a monstrous amount of salary relief?
Uh, yeah… about that…
“I’m upset with how things turned out in Miami,” Buehrle said in a joint statement with his agent, via the Sun Sentinel. “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.”
Sweet! For us, at least. Sounds like he’s accepted it and is ready to come here. BEGRUDGINGLY ON BOARD!!!
Of course, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some shitting-on of the Marlins to still do on the way out the door:
“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,” Berry said in his statement. “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.
“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. 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.”
Indeed, it must be indescribably frustrating for Buehrle to realize now that he has absolutely no security whatsoever in this regard. It’s just… uh… he probably should have wrapped his head around that one, y’know, approximately a year ago. And to say that the Marlins didn’t hold up their end of the bargain? I’m pretty sure the bargain was in writing, and it didn’t include no-trade protection. So… Buehrle can really only be upset at himself, or at his agent for not doing a thorough-enough job of talking him out of taking the contract.
But it’s not like I don’t have sympathy, because I totally do. Kind of. But mostly because, y’know, he’s ours now, otherwise I’d probably have something far more callous to say here.
But shit, if money’s not his main objective at this point, and he really wants this no-trade protection just for the sake of stability, I’m sure the Jays would be open to renegotiating the deal, and offering him some in exchange for lopping off several million dollars from the bloated back-end of his deal. Whaddaya say, Mark?