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Report: No-trade vows broken

All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle, two of the five Marlins who were traded to the Blue Jays last week, say the team broke verbal promises not to trade them, foxsports.com reported.

The Marlins do not award no-trade clauses, but club officials apparently assured Reyes and Buehrle that they would not be traded before signing them as free agents last offseason, according to the website.

Buehrle and his wife Jamie were concerned about the Marlins' history of dumping high-priced players but were reassured by team president David Samson.

Jamie, according to the website, was emotional while talking with Samson after learning of the trade Tuesday.

"I spoke to Mark Buehrle. He said he was sorry things didn't work out," Samson said during a radio interview. "I said, 'I'm as sorry as you that things didn't work out.' "

The website also reported that Reyes was emphatically told he would not be traded.

Reyes, 29, agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal before the season. Buehrle, 33, rejected a three-year offer from the Nationals to sign a four-year, $58 million contract.

Meanwhile, the Marlins agreed to a deal with veteran outfielder Juan Pierre, 35. Terms were not available.

MANAGER SEARCH: The Blue Jays could announce their next manager within days, ESPN.com reported.

Former big-league managers Jim Tracy and Jim Riggleman are the favorites to replace John Farrell, who left last month to take over the Red Sox.

Tracy resigned from the Rockies last month after the team finished 64-98. Riggleman last managed in the big leagues for the Nationals in June 2011, when he abruptly quit. He has since been managing for the Reds' Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.

DICKEY TALKS: The Mets plan to offer National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey a two-year contract extension, foxsports.com reported.

It's unknown how much the Mets plan to offer. According to the New York Daily News, the right-hander would sign for a deal comparable to right-hander Jake Peavy's two-year, $29 million extension with the White Sox. Dickey, 38, is under contract next season for $5 million.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday that the team soon will need a resolution in its talks with both Dickey and third baseman David Wright, who is also in negotiations for an extension.

REDS PROSPECT HURT: Top prospect Billy Hamilton came out of an Arizona Fall League game with lower back spasms after slamming into the centerfield wall chasing a triple. The Cincinnati speedster set a minor-league record with 155 stolen bases this season.

NAME CHANGE: The Phillies' Double-A team in Reading, Pa., will be known as the Fightin Phils.

Report: No-trade vows broken 11/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:45pm]
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