It sounds like the Miami Marlins have decided to start all over again as reports are surfacing that they will trade Josh Johnson along with Mark Buerhle and Jose Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria among others. This is a monster trade that impacts both the American League and National League’s Eastern Divisions with more players involved than just the five mentioned.
The Blue Jays get two top-notch pitchers in Johnson and Buerhle to pitch in the tough AL East while the Marlins get two shortstops in Escobar and Hechavarria. Miami is basically beginning a new rebuilding progress with a brand new stadium, while Toronto needed to get rid of a problem in Escobar, who had said some things late in the regular season that were homophobic that didn’t help his standing in Toronto.
I don’t think that is such a great idea for the Marlins with the number of fans already down at Marlins Park. The big winner no matter what is Toronto. If the Blue Jays can use Johnson, Reyes and Buerhle to get past the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles, this trade will look like pure genius.
Things are still fluid right now with this trade so things could change but it looks more and more likely that this is going to happen. The business of baseball has changed over the border in Canada and it has changed for the better. The other teams in the AL East had better be watching and get ready to get their own moves.