So the Florida Marlins traded their remaining 3 stars (Josh Johnson, Mark Buhrle and Jose Reyes) in a complete salary dump in an attempt to not lose big money. That is too bad.
Why did this happen?
Well, the bullshit commissioner (Bud Selig) has let an owner with a history of just this sort of behavior (Jeffrey Loria) do this many times. Hardly surprising he would do it again. In fact, he is defiant and unapologetic about it. Who is going to stop him anyway? Bud Selig? That is laughable. He is the definition of an owners puppet. He is there so they can do whatever they want.
“I am aware of the anger,” Selig said. “I am. I’m also aware that in Toronto they’re very happy.
“We have this entire matter under thorough review.”
Selig said there is no timetable to make his decision, and plans to examine all facets of the 12-player deal before deciding whether to approve the deal or exercising his “best interests of the game” rights to veto it.
“My job is to do what’s in the best interest of baseball,” Selig said. “People have different views of that, on what you should do, and how you should do it. I’ve spent a lot of time on this.
This points out the main problem with MLB. They have no salary cap. When a team like the Marlins spends foolishly, or just wants to dump salary, it is very easy to do because they don't have to take any, or much, back. In other sports, if you want to rid yourself of high salary, then the other team has to make sure they can place that salary within the salary cap. That usually means the trading team has to take a significant amount back.
It is this simple. No cap means easy dump. Teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies and to some extent the Red Sox and Cubs don't care because they have very lucrative TV deals and can go way above other teams salary thresholds with only a small salary tax penalty. And they like it that way. It gives them a significant competitive advantage. That is not going to change anytime soon.
This sort of salary dump has happened many times before. It is hardly a new thing. For Selig to consider vetoing this deal, he would have to show how this one transaction is any different than all the others, which it is not. And then, in the future, all the rest will be measured by it. That simply is not going to happen.
"It’s highly unlikely that Selig will overturn the trade, according to two baseball executives with knowledge of Selig’s thinking, believing it might set a dangerous precedent. The executives spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the matter is ongoing."
If you let the rich teams do it, you have to let them all do it. That is the reality of baseball.
Further, it is not like the Marlins developed these players, only to lose them because a richer team wants them. Just in the last two years, they signed all 3 as free agents, and now they want to dump them. It is just the business of baseball, and how things are done these days.
The only problem is this. The fans and taxpayers of Miami are on the hook for all of this, while Loria walks away with some sort of profit. Bud Selig is in charge. He is responsible for this. Certainly, it is not in the best interests of baseball to have Loria own any team. Nor is it in the best interests of baseball to have a lame commissioner like Bud Selig. Not all of baseball anyway.
It is certainly in the best interests of the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Phillies.
What is good for the Yankee's goose has to be good for the Blue Jays gander, because what ultimately matters is what is good for the Yankees. If that means that Miami can dump salary and stiff the city, then so be it. They don't matter, nor will they ever matter. Just as Montreal never did when Loria stiffed and scammed them, and just as Pittsburgh, Kansas City and all the other smaller market teams don't matter.
And it wont matter when they go to dump salary, just as both have already done repeatedly. The fans in these cities don't matter. Their interests are not important enough.
In any event, this deal will surely go through, and nothing will change. And Jeffrey Loria will get richer.
Some things never change.