MLB should have let traded Marlins out of their contracts

Posted by Scott Wuerz on November 24, 2012 

It's difficult to feel too badly for guys who get paid tens of millions of dollars to play a game.

But the more I look at the circumstances surrounding the blockbuster trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays, the more I think the players got jobbed and should have been given the option to be freed of their contracts signed with Miami under false pretenses.

Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes were both lied to by the Marlins when they were told they wouldn't be traded. Unfortunately, even though the Miami front office admitted as much, the verbal assurances didn't do anything to prevent a salary dump in the most unfortunate circumstances.

Buehrle and Reyes both said at the time they signed that geography played an important role in their decision. Buehrle stayed with the White Sox earlier in his career because his wife is from the Chicago area and he wanted to stay close to home. It wasn't until the Pale Hose decided Buehrle no longer fit their plans that he moved away. He probably could have made a lot more cash as a free agent earlier in the career if he was willing to move elsewhere.

There have been rumors Buehrle's entire career that the St. Charles native would like to pitch for the Cardinals. But, even if the southpaw threatened to hold out if he weren't traded to a team in a place he'd prefer to live, it's doubtful Toronto could find a trade partner. Miami wrote the contract to be severely back loaded. After getting Buehrle for one year at $6 million, he'll make $11 million in 2013, $18 million in 2014 and $19 million in 2015.

It's difficult to look at that deal with any belief that the Marlins would have Buehrle around in 2014. The most amazing thing is that Miami was able to find a sucker to take the contract.

For the past several seasons there always seems to be a rumor from some corner that Buehrle will end up with St. Louis. But, even though the veteran hurler is stuck in a place he doesn't want to be, there's not a peep about a trade to the Cardinals now. His contract is so unfavorable it's almost impossible he'll ever get to play in the midwest before the end of his career.

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