Miami’s biggest remaining star, slugger Giancarlo Stanton, has been among those expressing anger about the trade. Beinfest said he hadn’t talked with Stanton about the deal.
‘‘I know this is an emotional time,’’ Beinfest said. ‘‘I'm sure it has been tough for him. Our feeling was to maybe let the dust settle a little bit and then talk to Giancarlo. I hear the frustration. It’s not unexpected. This has been a tough go, but we think it’s best for us moving forward.’’
Players’ union head Michael Weiner withheld comment, saying he was awaiting more input from Major League Baseball.
In January 2009, the union reached an agreement with MLB and the Marlins covering 2010-12 which Weiner said was a ‘‘response to our concerns that revenue sharing proceeds have not been used as required. As part of the deal, Weiner said the team planned to ‘‘use such proceeds to increase player payroll annually as they move toward the opening of their new ballpark.’’
Selig said he was sensitive to how Marlins fans reacted to the trade.
‘‘Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities, and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park,’’ Selig said. ‘‘Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans, who deserve the best efforts and considered judgment of their club. I have received assurances from the ownership of the Marlins that they share these beliefs and are fully committed to build a long-term winning team that their fans can be proud of.’’
NOTES: Pierre would earn a $25,000 bonus if he’s an All-Star, $25,000 each for winning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, $50,000 if he’s an LCS MVP, $100,000 if he’s the World Series MVP and $100,000 if he’s the league MVP.
AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.