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Marlins trade: Bud Selig unlikely to void Blue Jays deal

Despite widespread fan outrage (and an upset Giancarlo Stanton), it's improbable that the commissioner will put the kibosh on the megaswap between the Marlins and Toronto.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

MLB commissioner Bud Selig is not likely to squash the deal sending Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays, with a previous 2012 trade providing precedent for approving the swap.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Media reports that the paperwork for the 12-player swap still hasn't been sent into MLB's offices because some of the players still need to take physicals. Rogers speculates that Johnson, Reyes and Buehrle are the players who still need to be medically cleared.

In August, the Boston Red Sox cleaned house in a similar fashion, shipping Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a haul of prospects. Selig approved that deal, and Rogers notes that the commish will need to find some difference between the two trades to legitimately void the Marlins edition.

The Marlins will be getting a solid load of prospects back from Toronto, including infield prospect Adeiny Hechevarria and southpaw hurler Justin Nicolino.

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