Buehrle says Marlins lied to him

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New Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle said he was lied to on multiple occasions by the Miami Marlins' management during his one season with the team.

Buehrle signed a four-year contract last winter as a free agent, but was included in the trade that sent All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, right-hander Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonafacio to the Blue Jays in a swap that sliced $146.5 million in committed dollars.

"I'm upset with how things turned out in Miami," Buehrle said in a statement issued Wednesday through his agent, Jeff Berry. "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."

Team president David Samson took issue with that during weekly radio show.

"I'm as sorry as he is that he was traded," Samson told WINZ-AM. "There was no way we could have envisioned what happened, both on and off the field."

Buehrle came to Miami in part to pitch for Ozzie Guillen, who had managed him with the Chicago White Sox. But the Marlins stumbled to a last-place finish at 69-93. Team owner Jeffrey Loria then fired Guillen and ordered a significant reduction in payroll.

Berry said he and Buehrle were wary of the Marlins because of their history of fire sales, and refusal to give no-trade clauses.

"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," Berry said in a statement. "At the same time, given the Marlins history, we were all certainly aware of and voiced concern about the lack of no-trade protection. 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."
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