Let's not feel too sorry for former White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle.
He still is owed $43.5 million over the next three seasons, even though the Toronto Blue Jays will be signing the paychecks instead of the Miami Marlins.
And as it turns out, the Jays are looking like a sure-fire contender after getting Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio from Miami in a trade for seven relatively unknown players.
Toronto also signed Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal.
Still, Buehrle reportedly was given a verbal no-trade agreement by the Marlins when he signed with them last off-season.
And even though the Miami franchise is in ruins at the moment, Buehrle is not happy.
"I'm upset with how things turned out in Miami," Buehrle said in a statement issued Wednesday. “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."
Ozzie Guillen, Buehrle’s manager for eight seasons with the White Sox, was fired by the Marlins after only one year in the dugout.
What a mess, but considering Jeffrey Loria owns the Marlins, Buehrle should have known it was going to be a bumpy ride.
Jeff Barry, Buehrle’s agent, acknowledged that end, also in a statement.
"In an off-season of change and uncertainty, the overriding factor in Mark's signing with Miami was Ozzie Guillen and the level of comfort his presence provided Mark and his family," Barry said. "While the Marlins were the highest bidder, baseball had already made Mark a wealthy man, so money was far from the most important factor in his decision.
"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. This was demonstrated by their already completed signings of Ozzie, Heath Bell and Jose Reyes.
"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."
Yes, it was a calculated risk for Buehrle. And now he’s a Blue Jay.