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Marlins reportedly promised Buehrle and Reyes they wouldn't be traded

Being traded to Toronto came as a surprise to Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, who believed they had verbal no-trade agreements with Miami Marlins management.

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Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle believe the Miami Marlins broke verbal no-trade promises, reports Ken Rosenthal. The Marlins organization has a policy against no-trade clauses, but both men were reportedly assured that they would not be traded prior to signing with Miami.

The public comments from team president David Samson have been vague, such as this one from a radio interview:

"I spoke to Mark Buerhle. He said he was sorry things didn't work out.I said, ‘I'm as sorry as you that things didn't work out.'"

The Marlins have a history of engaging in fire sales, of course, leading to the concern from Reyes and Buehrle in the first place. Both men signed with Miami over less restrictive clubs that had also offered less money. Buehrle has family, including young children, and a pit bull that would not be allowed in the province of Ontario.

Samson, Buehrle and Reyes did not comment on the story. The two were traded to Toronto along with Josh Johnson, Emilio Vonifacio and Josh Buck in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis and minor league prospects.

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