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11-15-2012, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Langdon Alger View Post
None of that will matter, because this is all about optics for Toronto. Jays fans see their GM making a big move to improve the team now, just like the Yankees and Red Sox do all the time, and they get excited.

What will they think, then, when the Commissioner personally steps in and invalidates the trade that got them so excited?

They'll see a league that allows its big markets to spend as much as they want and make as many trades as they want, but steps in to stop their team from doing the same. They'll look back at the history of the Montreal Expos and wonder why the league never stepped in to stop Jeffrey Loria from doing much, much worse to that franchise than this deal would do to the Marlins. Most importantly, they'll receive the following message from MLB, whether Selig meant to convey it or not:

"Your team doesn't count, your city doesn't count, and you don't count. You are here to be cannon fodder for the big markets, and nothing more."
Since when was Toronto a small market?

Selig won't do a thing to block this deal, he just wants to put it out there so he can tell the mob "I tried!" And even if he did, it seems pretty doubtful that Anthopoulos would just take his ball and go home, and not try to acquire another big name with his deep farm system/his owners' open checkbook.

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