Blockbuster Baseball Trade Puts Blue Jays into AL East Contention Right Away


Current Blue Jays logo (2004–present)
Current Blue Jays logo (2004–present) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wondered what GM Alex Anthopolous was doing to the roster this offseason.  He seemed to be tinkering quite a bit considering there were a lot of holes in the roster.

That was until tonight.

The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins pulled off a massive, blockbuster trade tonight which sees the Jays become instant contenders in the AL East and the Marlins payroll as of right now go from $100 million to $16 million dollars. 

If you were a Marlin and you made any money, you are now a Blue Jay.  ESPN reported that “Toronto owns Miami.”

In this deal, the Jays got:

Starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonifacio.

The Jays sent to the Marlins:

Shortstop and homophobic eye-black artist Yunel Escobar, pitcher Henderson Alvarez, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis and minor-leaguers Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani.

This deal brought in an additional $164 million dollars of contract commitments to these players, who ironically, Miami had signed (Buehrle and Reyes) as free agents last December.

The former Chicago White Sox pitcher, Buehrle has been one of baseball’s most durable and consistent pitchers over a 13-year career. His career ERA is 3.82, his WHIP 1.273.  In 2012, Buehrle was teriffic, with a 13-13 record, a 3.74 ERA for a terrible Miami team where he logged 202.1 innings, with a 1.17 WHIP.  He also won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award.

Johnson, 28, owns a career ERA of 3.15 and a 1.233 WHIP. In 2010 he had the lowest ERA in all of MLB with a 2.30 ERA.  Johnson missed most of 2011 with shoulder problems but came back last year to log a 3.81 ERA in 31 starts.

Reyes, a career .291 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, gives the Jays star-calibre stability at shortstop and he could be their long-sought after leadoff hitter and he joins Jose Bautista (if healthy), Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie as anchors of an offence that could still need an upgrade in left field and personally, I think in centre field as well because I’m not a fan of Colby Rasmus. 

So what do the players think?  

@JoeyBats19, “Its a good day to be a bluejay!” 13 Nov 12
 
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, @Giancarlo818 had a different take; “Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple”

Miami pitcher Ricky Nolasco, @RNolasco47, had this simple opinion of the trade, “Huh?…….”

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