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Blue Jays, Marlins trade swap finalized

The Blue Jays acquired Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buerhle from the Miami Marlins, but only after Bud Selig approved the deal first.

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What if the Marlins reloaded instead?

They started last season like a team of piscine destiny, but everything ended in heartbreak and betrayal. Would the Marlins have had a shot to contend in 2013 if they'd tried one last time?

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Marlins hold offseason event, confirm suspicions

Turns out that ownership might actually care, which might be even worse than greedy indifference.

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When no no-trade clause means no no-trade clause

Mark Buehrle signed a contract that didn't include a no-trade clause. So why is he so upset about getting traded?

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Commissioner approves Marlins-Jays blockbuster

Nearly a week after the new broke about a huge trade sending high-priced veterans from Miami to Toronto, Commissioner Bud Selig has approved the deal, which is now official.

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Selig: Marlins trade is under review

Well, this is a fine how-do-you-do. After all of the outrage and the name-calling directed toward Jeffrey Loria, there's a chance that Bud Selig might stop the trade? From Bob Nightengale:

Nightengale then twote that Selig "feels for the Marlins fans and will take everything in consideration before making (his) decision." I think what's important here is how they called the trade on the field. There has to be irrefutable evidence.

There is precedent here, of course. In 1976, commissioner Bowie Kuhn overturned deals made by Charlie Finley and the A's, who were selling their best players for cash money.

Kuhn took as his authority an article of the Major League Agreement that was written in 1921, shortly after the ascendancy of the dictatorial Kenesaw Mountain Landis to the game's highest office. This empowers the commissioner to take any steps he deems necessary to protect the best interests and the "honor" of baseball.

The little known c'mon-don't-be-a-dick clause is rarely invoked, though. And it's hard to see Selig setting a new precedent here by telling a team they can't dump high-contract players. Still, Marlins fans, there's a chance. Even though you now know what evil lurks in the heart of Loria. Or, at least, had that knowledge reconfirmed.

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Marlins keeping Giancarlo Stanton for some reason

Though I guess the part about him being really, really good is a reason.

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Jeffrey Loria's spot in the hierarchy of horribles

Maybe Jeffrey Loria really is baseball's worst-ever owner, but there are a lot of candidates and it really depends on your definition.

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A brief and sad history of major-league fire sales

The Marlins' latest auction of the great majority of their best players is just the latest example of a long and regrettable tradition, going back nearly a century.

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