By Phil Rogers, Tribune reporter
9:23 AM AKST, November 15, 2012
Having approved a similar trade between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers in August, Commissioner Bud Selig seems unlikely to block the Miami Marlins’ agreed-upon salary dump, but he says he is taking the deal under review.
Speaking at the conclusion of quarterly owners meetings, Selig said the 12-player trade has not been submitted to Major League Baseball because some of the players -- most likely Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson -- are still undergoing physicals.
“What I can say to you today is I have the entire matter under review,’’ Selig said. “That’s as much as I have today.’’
Selig has the power to kill the trade, which is seen by many fans of the Marlins as a betrayal because it comes within one year of the opening of the publicly funded Marlins Park. But if Selig is to invoke his best interests of baseball powers, he will have to find a precedent to differentiate this trade from the one that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and a disabled Carl Crawford from Boston to Los Angeles.
“It’s a good analogy,’’ Selig said about comparing one trade to the other. “That’s a fair analogy.’’
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was unavailable to reporters Thursday. He appeared to exit the O'Hare Airport hotel from a side door while Selig was briefing reporters. He has not publicly explained his motivation for trading almost $160 million of contracts for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez and five prospects.
Selig said he did talk to Loria about his motivations for the trade. Selig declined to answer whether this situation was different for him personally than other difficult ownership situations -- such as the bankruptcies of owners with the Dodgers and Rangers -- because he helped Loria campaign for his new stadium.