Headline: Mark Buehrle traded to Toronto along with Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and John Buck
When White Sox icon Mark Buehrle signed his four-year, $56 million megadeal with the Miami Marlins during the last offseason, his future looked bright.
--He made a ton of money
--He was reunited with his old Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen
--He was able to enjoy the advantages of living in the Miami area
--The Marlins, who also signed big-time free agents Jose Reyes and Heath Bell, were moving into a brand new, state-of-the-art stadium with an all-in philosophy to win now
What a difference a year makes. Apart from his lucrative contract still in tact (which, of course, isn't a minor point), Buehrle's world has been turned upside down.
--His manager was fired
--As a result of yesterday's Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster deal, Mr. Perfect is headed from the sunshine and tax free state of Florida to cold and tax-laden Toronto
--And the once promising future in Miami has been dashed as Buehrle, Reyes and Bell now have all been traded
He's still a rich man, but you wonder if Buehrle is longing for his days on the South Side.
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