|Jose Reyes and Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria in happier days. (AP)|
There were reports last winter that one of the reasons Albert Pujols chose to sign with the Angels instead of the Marlins was Miami's team policy of not including no-trade clauses in their contracts. Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle didn't have the same hangups, and less than a year later, they're Toronto Blue Jays because of that policy -- and it's a policy that's not going to change.
Larry Beinfest, the team's president of baseball operations, spoke with reporters on Tuesday, including MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Among the topics discussed was the team's stance on no-trade clauses and how that could hurt the team's attempts to lure free agents in the future.
"I think it will be a factor," Beinfest said. "I don't think that we're happy about this, at all. I understand there may be some disdain in the marketplace. It's not going to be my recommendation that we change our view of no-trade clauses."
"Speaking for myself, I'm not aware of any assurances," Beinfest said (according to MLB.com). "I will tell you, if they came from me, they'd be in writing in a no-trade clause. I don't know. I'm not aware of it.
"Generally, with these types of deals, when you're talking about money and with sophistication of agents now today, most everything that is pertinent is in writing."