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Blue Jays getting Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Buck and Bonifacio in megatrade with Marlins

Nov 13, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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UPDATE, 8:58 PM: Olney says the 12-player trade might not be finalized until sometime Wednesday.

UPDATE, 7:49 PM: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel adds that right-handed prospect Anthony DeSclafani is going to Miami. That’s the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s the breakdown:

SS Jose Reyes
RHP Josh Johnson
LHP Mark Buehrle
INF Emilio Bonifacio
C John Buck
$4 million

SS Yunel Escobar
INF Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Henderson Alvarez
LHP Justin Nicolino
OF Jake Marisnick
RHP Anthony DeSclafani

UPDATE, 7:45 PM: The Marlins will also receive catcher Jeff Mathis from the Blue Jays, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun. Elliott also says it’ll be a 12-player swap when all is said and done.

UPDATE, 7:34 PM: ESPN’s Keith Law says there is “zero” chance the trade gets nixed by Bud Selig.

UPDATE, 7:20 PM: Rosenthal notes that the trade is “not yet official” because Major League Baseball has not been given all the details. Trades involving money require approval from the commissioner.

UPDATE, 6:58 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Jake Marisnick, a 21-year-old outfield prospect with a .278/.351/.436 career batting line in the minor leagues, will also be joining the Marlins organization.

UPDATE, 6:41 PM: The Fish will get shortstop Yunel Escobar, infield prospect Adeiny Hechavarria, right-handed starter Henderson Alvarez and lefty prospect Justin Nicolino, according to various reports.

UPDATE, 6:34 PM: Morosi says Johnson, Buehrle and Reyes are all going to the Blue Jays, along with catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. The firesale of all firesales.

6:13 PM: According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays are on the “verge of acquiring” right-handed starter Josh Johnson and left-handed starter Mark Buehrle from the Marlins. Shortstop Jose Reyes may also be heading north. Much, much more to come, obviously.

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  1. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Oh my. Can’t wait to get the details of this one.

  2. cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Oh boy. Real arms in the rotation? Bold moves from Anthopolous here. He intendeds to contend. And pilfered from The Feesh, too? Is Old Scrooge McLoria dumping contracts again? Will Jose Reyes also be up for grabs?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Well, now he is reporting that Reyes is part of the deal as well.

    • bigharold - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM


      Don’t get ahead of yourself. If the Jays get them what’s the over/under on their combined DL stints? I’m just messing with you, .. “sorta”.

      If these guys end up in Toront the AL East just got a bit tougher, .. which I didn’t think could happen.

    • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Lordy boys I do not know what t’do w’mself: REAL ballplayers rumoured to be on the way to My Boys? Really? Reyes, too? Really? Gator’s gonna shit. Like, mega. Still, I want this to be true very, very, very much. Reyes can even grow his hair back. Gator’ll just have to learn to like Kelly Johnson and whatever spare catchers Anthopolous has clogging up the joint on the Beaver Squad.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Rosenthal has confirmed Reyes. Morosi tweeting that Bonofocio and Buck heading to Blue Jays as well.

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Rosenthal? I don’t trust him. Its the bow tie. Not gonna bite on that till I see Shi Davidi confirm it. WTF does Anthopolous want with Emilio Bonafacio and John Buck, anyhow? We GOT a lousy hitting catcher (Mathis) and lousy hitting CF (Rasmus). Whadda we need more of that for? Those guys are the “bag of balls and some used bats” to go along with Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, gotta be. A “here, take our 2 best arms, and our star short stop, sure, but you gotta take Bonafacio & Buck, too”. Like Punto, Crawford & Beckett were along with Gonzalez to the Dodgers. Oh man. Please tell me we sent Rasmus, Mathis, Johnson and any of the spare catchers Anthopolous has stashed like cordwood stockpiled for a nuclear winter?

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      We knew that AA was up to something. It will be interesting to see who goes. Some decent prospects are probably going to Miami.

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        Hechevarria. Dang. I liked that kid. Alvarez, too. Jeez. On the plus side, it looks like a basket catch of talent is coming back the other way. Yowza.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        I doubt that the Jays will keep Buck. 5 players on the ML roster joining the team and 3 players on the ML roster departing. 2 players from the 40 man roster have to go. Miami does get 2 Cubans in the trade. Good thing that Ozzie is gone. Miami’s new manager is familiar with some of the kids going to the Marlins as he managed in the Jays farm system.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Sweet Jesus what an insane salary dump. Jays get the best three players in the deal easily (Johnson, Reyes and Buerhle) and give up only Alvarez of value? That’s absolutely insane.

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Hechavarria is not chicken feed. Kid’ll be great some day. How did all this slip out? Was it by player twitter accounts?

      • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        Looks like Mathis is gone, too. Good.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Makes sense to trade Mathis. They need the roster spot.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        The other pitching prospect going to Miami as part of the deal had a decent record in the minors, but the Jays retained pitching prospects with a much higher upside.

  3. paperlions - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    I’m just excited to see some actual off-season movement. The biggest deal so far has been what?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      All the ones the Dodgers did not do took up about a week of reportage, so there’s that.

  4. kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    So how is that insane taxpayer giveaway to scumbag owner Jeffrey Loria working out for you there, south Florida?

  5. bigharold - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Can’t weait to see what Gators’ got to say about this….

    • cur68 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      He’s gona lose his shit, I bet. This will be fun.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Wow, fish that gut themselves. Crazy.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    this is insane…I actually root for the jays my dads a huge fan and always wanted to see them succeed…sad how the Marlins have done a 180 now…guess Reyes is next…

  7. ewampus - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    gotta love the marlins

  8. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    so now its the rays and blue jays trying to take the east…the O’s hopefully stay strong and they yankees fix some holes…hey guys let’s all beat up on the red sox yaaaay…I see them losing mabye 90 games at most….oh well lol

  9. prosourcetalk - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Holy crap!

  10. uyf1950 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    It didn’t take the Marlins long to have a “fire sale”. But then again I guess they have a lot of experience at it.

    • thebadguyswon - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      They suck.

  11. mrwillie - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    I learned a while ago you can’t try and rationalize anything that happens with the Marlins. But at this point there looks to be two options. They’re trying to field an AAA team in that nice new stadium next year, or McLoria is making a salary dump to sell the team.

  12. mianfr - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    The sad part is that all the Marlins are getting in return is probably like Henderson Alvarez and an exclusive negotiating window with Omar Vizquel.

  13. phillyphever - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Someone check on Gator. I’m afraid he might have suffered a stroke from this. Wow, just wow.

    BTW, any chance Stanton’s available?

  14. 32bigg - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Wow! This is awesome! Starting rotation just went from a question mark to a strength. And Reyes for the offense!

    Thank you Jeff Loria, you marvelous, marvelous scumbag! (I mean that in the nicest way)

  15. tigers182 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Who woulda expected the Marlins to trade away the team after spending redic money last offseason?

  16. greymares - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    wow that might keep the Braves out of the cellar

  17. butchhuskey - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Classic Marlins firesale – everything must go!

  18. APBA Guy - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Wow, if this happens, Gator will be up all night listening to “Sweet Jane” and then, as the black cloud descends, heading for that showdown in the swamp, just him, his hog leg, and the first Burmese python he happens across. “I am Judge Holden” he swears at the python, “now draw”.

    Could get very ugly in South Florida.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      Not just Sweet Jane. Probably every Cowboy Junkies CD he owns and then some John Coltrane. Since his favorite deli is in Toronto, he may as well move here.

  19. sdelmonte - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM


    And suddenly the AL East could be the most competitive division we’ve seen in ages.

    And the Mets needn’t worry about ever finishing in last again.

  20. kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Is it possible for a team to have NEGATIVE attendance, because it seems the Marlins will be flirting with it next year.

  21. paint771 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Holy cow. AA not Fing around about contending now. Can’t imagine how much of the farm system gets dumped but wow.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      Still a lot of decent prospects left. He kept the best prospects in the system.

      • paint771 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Yeah, this actually isn’t looking too bad at all in terms of prospects lost.

        Possible rotation:

        Mark Buehrle
        Brandon Morrow
        Josh Johnson
        Ricky Romero
        J.A. Happ/Carlos Villanoueva/Brett Cecil/take your pick

        Are you sh*tting me? Question marks all around, sure, but still…dayum.

        And that’s presuming they don’t go out and get another arm in trade – would certainly still have chips left to do so – or free agency – which is also possible considering this is about as loud and clear a signal as you can get that ownership is willing to massively expand payroll in a hurry. They just added, what, $80 million? Wow.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        Somehow, I doubt that AA will have a problem finding someone to manage this team.

  22. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Loria doesn’t deserve to own a baseball team. How can fans ever get on board with a team when they overhaul the roster every year?

    • skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Especially after fleecing them for that gaudy piece of shit stadium…

    • vanmorrissey - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Hell, two World Series wins for an expansion team, regrettably, he’s earned the right, sorry. Franchises out there for many more years don’t even have one, let alone two. Take the good with the bad (horrible).

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        Him winning a couple World Series, and I’m not sure he owned them for the first and the 2nd was a complete accident, doesn’t give him the rightto fleece the fans for a stadium and then pull the rug out from under them a year later. No doubt he’s getting ready to sell the team and make a huge amount of money now because of the stadium. The guy is absolute scum.

  23. skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    That should be quite a pissed off populous down there.

  24. Al - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I wonder if Mike Redmond had any idea this was coming when he took the manager job.

  25. historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I had NO IDEA the Jays might be willing to part with Escobar. Shocker.

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