ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Commissioner Bud Selig provided no timetable Thursday for his review of this week's controversial trade between the Marlins and Blue Jays. But in wrapping up the owners' meetings, Selig did not sound as if he would scuttle the deal, which is viewed as a huge salary dump by embattled Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
"I'm aware of the anger," Selig said of the outrage in South Florida. "I'm also aware that in Toronto, they're very happy."
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That's not surprising. The Blue Jays greatly improved their chances to win a division title by acquiring a handful of the Marlins' best -- and most expensive -- players: Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.
The combined salaries of those players amount to roughly $166 million, but Selig didn't seem overly bothered by it. Last July, the Red Sox sent more than $250 million in salary to the Dodgers in the deal involving Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. That pretty much got a rubber stamp from the commissioner's office.
"You have to start with the context," Selig said. "The sport has never done better. It's never been more popular. Revenues are up. But in life, you go through cycles. We had the Texas [bankruptcy] situation, which everybody said was terrible, and it had a good ending. And the Dodgers' situation, I had to do something that I had never done before and hope that I never do again, but it worked out well.
"My job from the day I walked into this office is to do what's in the best interest of baseball. People have different views of that. But I think I've been able to come to all these situations and the sport's been stronger and better as a result."
Selig then was asked directly if it is in the best interests of baseball for Loria to remain the owner of the Marlins. He didn't say yes.
"I know what the commissioner can do and can't do," Selig said. "What his legal responsibilities are. I understand all that, and in the end, I'll do what I've done in the other past situations. People always ask me, 'Don't you wish it didn't happen?' Well, there are a lot of situations that I wish hadn't happened.
"But they have. And then I have to do what I have to do."