In a very unfathomable trade, the Miami Marlins have made a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that shakes up the two teams entirely. The Marlins have sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for shorstop Yunel Esobar, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez, left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino, outfielder Jake Marisnick or Anthony Gose and catcher J.P. Arencibia, Jeff Mathis or Bobby Wilson .
This is the first block buster deal of the season and it negates everything that Larry Beinfest and Jeffery Loria tried to do last off-season. Reyes and Buehrle were both signed to big deals and now they are going to play for another team after one season. The biggest loss is Reyes. Reyes signed a six-year deal and was going to be the face of the new-look Marlins franchise and now he is headed north of the border to contend in one of the toughest divisions in baseball.
Buehrle and Johnson, two aces in the rotation, will be joining the package. Johnson was an ace in the rotation until shoulder problems set him back. He returned to win eight of 31 starts but put up a decent 3.61 ERA in first full season of baseball in a year. Buehrle signed with the Marlins last season as well. Buehrle was one of the good pitchers last season for the team winning 13 games for the fourth straight season.
Buck and Bonifacio were both key members at one point too. Buck slid down a slope this season losing his catching job to Rob Brantly but now the team will rely on Brantly all of next season. Bonifacio was plagued with the injury bug and that affected his performance all season.
The Marlins will acquire two pretty good infielders in Escobar and Hechavarria. Escobar comes with some baggage though after his run-in with the baseball law when he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye, which was defended by former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. All prospects that will be coming over from the Blue Jays are decent and will help the team in the future.
With this trade, the Marlins will definitely have a long season ahead of them as it does not look like a championship is coming to downtown Miami anytime soon.
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