Posted November 21, 2012

Mark Buehrle says Miami Marlins ‘lied to’ him before trade to Blue Jays

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Pitcher Mark Buehrle was traded to the Blue Jays after posting a 3.74 ERA in his lone season with the Marlins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The day after the Marlins officially completed their shocking trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and agent Jeff Berry issued a joint statement criticizing the Marlins for their handling of Buehrle’s contract, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

The 33-year-old lefty signed a four-year, $58 million deal before the 2012 season, but was traded after just one year in Miami along with high-salaried stars Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes.

Buehrle’s desire to reunite with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen played a large role in his decision to sign. Guillen was fired after one season.

Buehrle and Berry’s statement indicated that the team had assured him that the pitcher would remain in Miami long term.

“I’m upset with how things turned out in Miami,” Buehrle said. “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.”

“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.

The Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Jose Reyes was also “shocked” by the move because he had also been told he would not be traded, according to his agent.


26 comments
dwd2609
dwd2609

Mark Buehrle needs to keep his mouth shut and collect his millions upon millions of dollars to play a game. A heck of a lot of people would jump at the chance to have his employment situation regardless of the employer. The Marlins fans can be upset, they got screwed, but the millionaire pitcher who will still get his money needs to shut...up.

alacranxxx
alacranxxx

 @dwd2609 He "needs" to keep his mouth shut?  Or YOU just want him to?

 

Why can't he complain about not being dealt with squarely?

AlanP
AlanP

@dwd2609

So because he's a millionaire, he doesn't have a right to be upset about being lied to? He can't express his opinion? Only non-millionaires in your world can voice their opinion? Millionaires can't be unhappy about a work situation? 

 

Unbelievable the "us against them" mentality now permeating our country. If you're rich, you're no good. Ridiculous. 

 

There are 32 teams with 40-man roster on each team, that's 1,280 players in MLB. It takes talent and a lot of work to get to that level. Especially to take it to the level of a Mark Bhurle. So your "it's just a game" is just sour grapes. If it's "just a game" why don't you try out to play professional baseball? Paying your dues in the minors, before finally being able to make the huge money.

 

Baseball players are entertainers, just like a movie star like Brad Pitt or George Clooney are paid $20 "just for a movie". It's what the market will bear and if they're paid millions, then good for them.  You need to change your "poor me" mentality in life and stop being jealous over those who are successful. Well, jealous is fine, I"m jealous. :-) Bitter is a better description. Stop being so bitter, it's sad.

 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @dwd2609 Why, because you say so?  I don't doubt at all that he was lied to, Loria and his cohorts are PROFESSIONAL LIARS and his buddy Bud Selig isn't going to do anything about this except bend over for him.  Worst commissioner in the game and one of the worst owners ever!  Bad for baseball, the both of these bums!

AndrewSmith
AndrewSmith like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am a diehard Montreal Expos fan who is in no way surprised at what has transpired in Miami. Samson and Loria are snakes who root out opportunities and then exploit them to their advantage. While I am confused as to what advantage an empty ball park in Miami might have for them, it is no shock that they went this way, after all, they got the good people of South Florida to get them their ball park.

They pretty much did the same thing in Montreal. They strung the fans along with promises of a downtown ball park, starting with a gorgeous facility then continually downgrading the facility until it was obvious they weren't going to build it regardless. They then sold young talent, all but killed advertising and alienated the fan base. You think Montrealers don't care about baseball? No they did and would again. What they don't want is an owner who lies to them and put garbage on the field and expects them to pay to see it. I think South Florida is about to do the same thing.

2013brett
2013brett

The value of the Marlins has gone from $150 Million to $450 with the completion of the stadium (according to Forbes).  Loria pockets that cash, and now that he eliminated the payroll by sending his team's All Stars to a foreign country for unproven teenagers, he keeps that $116 million too.

 

Also, most teams do not rely on ticket sales for income.  It is the media rights and advertising that brings in far more money that hosting 81 baseball games a year.  The Marlins had much better attendance than the Blue jays did last year, but somehow the Blue Jays were comfortable taking on the backloaded contracts that Loria gave these guys despite the empty seats in Toronto.

 

Revenue sharing between owners means that there is not really any incentive to field competitive teams.  If all one cares about is money, all you have to do is eliminate your payroll to get paid.  It is the owners that want to win that lose money.   

AndrewSmith
AndrewSmith

 @2013brett The Blue Jays are owned by one of the biggest media groups in Canada. They own the network the Blue Jays are on nation wide for almost every game, they own the stadium the Jays play in and have the corner on the market, which is more or less upwards of 35 million people, minus the Tiger fans in the Windsor, ON area and some Seattle fans in Vancouver.

Toronto is not Miami either. It is the business center of Canada with close to 6 million people living within the Greater Toronto Area and the Jays still have a large season ticket base, even if their gate attendance has lacked the past few years.

In short, the Jays are a very wealthy team in a part of North America that has weathered the financial crisis better than many U.S. markets. All Loria did was dupe the South Florida gentry into believing  he could build a contender and keep it together just so he could have his ballpark to increase his ROI.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @AndrewSmith Amen to that, big Expos supporter here as well!  I think, knowing Loria's history, that he'll use the excuse of an empty stadium for leverage to trade up again....maybe he can get the Yankees this time, hahahahahahhahaha.  

 

And Selig will do all in his power to accommodate his buddy!  Worst MLB commissioner and worst owner ever!!!

 

 

nocknock57
nocknock57

Tell it to someone waiting in a food line this Thanksgiving, Mark. Maybe they'll give a rat's a$$.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @nocknock57 Why do you have to take it there?  If you were in the same situation you'd be pretty perturbed as well I'm sure.

nocknock57
nocknock57

 @stabmasterarson21 That's very possible, stab. We do tend to see the world from our perspectives and not those of others. So do ballplayers. I guess for me, when Hockey goes on strike for the second time in less than ten years, football players hold out because they didn't get enough millions and baseball players complain about how they are treated, I personally feel like they need to remember how privileged they are, and how little what they do really means in the greater scheme of things. In the end, sports is just a great escape for us. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and enjoy football today. I'm sure for many, it will be a great escape from some of their crazier, more eccentric relatives  : ^ )

PurpAv
PurpAv

If its not in your contract in writing, it never happened.  Loria is a known slimeball.

Braktooth
Braktooth like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow, Jeffrey Loria lied. I'm shocked. Well, not really. You know who else isn't shocked? Any baseball fans in Montreal and anybody who's paid attention to this guy over the last 15 years or so.

 

He lies. That's what he does. He's probably doing it now. Don't be surprised when he does.

jekat2011
jekat2011 like.author.displayName 1 Like

“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."

 

Yeah right!   Don't pi$s on my leg and tell me it's raining.

MarkPasquinelli
MarkPasquinelli

The guy's 33, and he still believes people won't lie to him.  Probably believes in Santa, too.

Lyle F
Lyle F

No sympathy for him. First, he's getting paid a huge amount to play a game. Second, he's been traded to a potential W/S team that he can help. Third, he didn't get a no-trade clause, so he can be traded. Fourthly, and most importantly, he made a deal with Loria. Does he not know anything the man????

2013brett
2013brett like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Lyle F Potential world series team?  The BJs haven't even been to the playoffs for 20 years.  Since when does the addition of a couple of guys from a 69 win team to a 73 win team equal world series?  I think wild card hunt is much more realistic and appropriate given the competitiveness of the AL East.

 

You're right about Loria, though.  He's the type of scumbag that will steal your wallet and then help you look for it.

 

 

ErikPerez08
ErikPerez08

If it wasn't about money then he would still be in Chicago on a hometeam discount. He priced himself out of the equation very quickley into his free agency. As a Sox fan, it was sad to see Buehrle go, but he got what he deserved by putting his career in the hands of Jeffrey Loria and Ozzie Guillen, two of the most unstable personalities in baseball.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

 @ErikPerez08 I agree.  I knew when he bolted the White Sox he was making a huge mistake by going to Florida.  It would be great if the White Sox could somehow work a trade to bring him back to the South Side, but I doubt that will happen.

 

The one thing this has done though, is doom Florida to the cellar of the NL East forever though, there is no way any free agent is ever going to want to play for Florida no matter how much money they offer, unless they insist on a no trade clause(which is why Pujols turned them down), which everyone knows, Loria will not grant.

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

David Samson, lie? Never....lmfao

Steve Larson
Steve Larson like.author.displayName 1 Like

guessing more guys will get....and would be shocked if any free agents sign with Miami.....you are doomed as long as this guy owns the team....

 

capitalofperu
capitalofperu

It's called a no-trade clause. If dictating where you play meant THAT much to you, you shoulda made sure one was included. Especially when signing with a team that has a firesale every three years. 

 

Anyway, Reyes seems pretty excited to be on the Jays. Mark will come around. T.O is a great city, great summer weather, and the team looks great.