ROSEMONT, Illinois — Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins’ maverick owner, reported to the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings looking and sounding cantankerous.
“Not today, boys,” Loria told a group of reporters as he entered the meetings at an O’Hare Airport hotel. “If you guys haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not going to figure it out for you.”
But it was hardly just a pack of journalists left perplexed by the massive trade between Loria’s club and the Blue Jays that would send Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and two other players to Toronto for seven players. The trade provided the juice to these otherwise tame meetings, creating a great deal of consternation. As of late yesterday, the players in the deal were still undergoing physicals and the trade therefore had not yet been submitted to commissioner Bud Selig — who had heard the grumbling from many owners — for his approval.