ROSEMONT, Ill. - Bud Selig was on hand when the Miami Marlins played their first regular-season game in their swanky new ballpark in April. The commissioner provided a glowing review of the $634 million project and boldly declared that opposition to the facility would fade away within five years.
So far, it's not looking so good for that last prediction.
Selig said Thursday he is examining the pending blockbuster trade that sends at least three of Miami's best players to Toronto for a package of prospects just seven months after the Marlins moved into their new home, which was financed primarily with tax money.
Speaking at the conclusion of the owners' meetings, Selig said he also is aware of fan anger in South Florida but is going to do what's in the best interests of the sport.
"So when I say I have this matter under review and I've talked to a lot of our people and I've spent a lot of time here in between all the other meetings - this is a tough place to do it - that's exactly what I mean," said Selig. "It is under review. I am aware of the anger, I am. I'm also aware that in Toronto they're very happy."
The Blue Jays, who finished fourth in the loaded AL East last season, are bringing in All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and right-hander Josh Johnson under the deal, which is contingent on physicals for the players. Selig also said there is money going from Miami to Toronto, but did not offer any details and said the trade hadn't been officially presented to his office yet.
• The Chicago Cubs say pitcher Matt Garza can resume his normal offseason routine after a scan this week showed the right-hander's pitching elbow is healing as expected. He was 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts last season.
• The Seattle Mariners say they will install the largest scoreboard video screen in the major leagues at Safeco Field during the offseason. The team says the viewing area will be the equivalent of about 2,182 42-inch flat screen TVs.
• Manny Ramirez hit a home run on his first pitch of the Dominican Republic winter league season.