After approving that whopper of a trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins, Bud Selig issued a solemn statement to support his decision. Among its 278 words, one stood out.
As in, the trade “represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both clubs.”
The definitions of plausible range from “apparently reasonable” to “disingenuously smooth,” suggesting the word is commonly used to describe behaviour that paints a shiny veneer over potentially dubious motives. It was clearly aimed at the Marlins, and owner Jeffrey Loria, who blew up his roster less than a year after a spending spree designed to pull fans into his new, publicly funded stadium.