Dec. 9, 2011; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins newly acquired pitcher Mark Buehrle (center) poses next to Marlins president David P. Samson (left) and owner Jeffrey Loria (right) during a press conference at the Marlins new ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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The first of the Miami Marlins included in a 12-player blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays has broken the group's silence.
And Mark Buehrle minced no words about getting shipped to Canada one year after signing a four-year deal with Miami.
"Just like the fans in South Florida," Buehrle said in a joint statement released with his agent, Jeff Berry, "I was lied to on multiple occasions."
The trade caused backlash in the Miami area after taxpayers approved - and footed the bill for most of - a new, $634 million stadium. One year after pouring resources into the club, the Marlins pulled back in dealing Buehrle, who was signed for $58 million, along with shortstop Jose Reyes and reliever Heath Bell.
Added Berry: "In an offseason 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. 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 is unquestionably a business, and signing with the Marlins was a calculated risk. Mark held up his end of the bargain; unfortunately, the same can't be said of the Marlins."
Earlier this week, Reyes' agent, Chris Leible, said his client was "shocked" by the trade and had been told "numerous times he wasn't going anywhere." Marlins GM Larry Beinfest said on a conference call this week that he gave Reyes and Co. no verbal assurances and if they were given, he was not "privy to them."
The blockbuster trade was finally approved by Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday, though Selig noted he'd be warily eyeing the Marlins to ensure they continue to exercise "plausible baseball judgment."