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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. canadabaseball - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Dos this mean they are tradeing Arencibea or is buck on his way out?

  2. prosourcetalk - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM


    This is flat-out embarrassing for baseball. I feel horrible for the people of Dade county having the pay for that brand new stadium, for shame.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      They should complain at the ballot box

    • phantomspaceman - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      OH THE BURNING, it burns me! Evacuate all the school children!

  3. jag8r904 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    That sucks. Those guys are leaving a state with no income tax to go to Ontario where they will have 29% income tax rate. They’ll lose hundreds of thousands of dollars!

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 16, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Yeah Jag. But remember…the health care is “free.”

  4. randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Will MLB let this trade stand? I have my doubts.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      MLB has let Miami do this before. Last season, they allowed Boston to conduct a fire sale.

      • skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        Huge difference with LA being flush with cash and Boston not having just fleeced the Commonwealth for a new stadium. That said, it’s a sound business decision. Sell! Sell! Sell! Bane Capital would approve anyway.

    • paint771 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Honestly, it is a justifiable trade in the sense that the Marlins aren’t getting nothing – they’re just massively shedding payroll (and getting some pretty touted prospects). It’s not suicidal, in other words – if it wasn’t Loria and it wasn’t following last year (a 180 after a 180), it’d just be viewed like the Dodgers/Red Sox trade.

      I suspect MLB and Selig in particular will be red faced mad and kind of WANT to find an excuse to veto it, but it’d be damn hard for them to make the case, I think.

    • drewzducks - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Can’t see how Bud could intervene unless he has delusions of David Stern. It’s not like Charlie O selling off Vida to the Yanks or Fingers/Rudi to the Sox for cash. Meanwhile is John Farrell asking for a mulligan ?

  5. thejotapee - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    This is why fans don’t show up to the games. I bought season tickets last year but I will not make that mistake again. This is the most horribly run franchise in all of sports and quite possibly in the history of sports. For all of you that criticize the fan base for not showing up to games, this is exactly why we don’t! This team is a joke! I’m done!

  6. paint771 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Jose Bautista ‏@JoeyBats19

    Its a good day to be a bluejay!

  7. bluenoser23 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Way to go Alex A.!!! Now we just need a coach (preferably one that doesn’t consider managing any of the other teams their “dream job”) All of a sudden coaching the Jays has just become much more attractive. I believe that will be Bobby Valentine on line 2……:-)

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Bobby who? Never heard of you! Click!

  8. mungman69 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Nice way to run a ball team. I’m going to South Florida this summer. Maybe they will pay me to go to a game.

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      I went to an XFL game in Orlando…they almost paid me for that. :)

    • madhatternalice - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      Maybe they’ll pay you to pitch!

  9. kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani and Jeff Mathis.

    If nothing else, I’ll bet the Marlins have set the record for total number of player name syllables acquired in one trade.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      OK, just slightly more than when the Angels picked up Ed Ott in 1981.

  10. dannythebisforbeast - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Didn’t realize the taxpayers were fleeced into building a AAA stadium.

  11. edelmanfanclub - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Good trade for the Marlins, that should put away talk of Loria being a jackass and doing another firesale… oh wait nevermind.

  12. vanindeed - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    This is awesome!

  13. paperlions - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    To play devil’s advocate for a second, ignoring Miami in the process. This is really only a decent trade for Toronto. They are paying twice for most of these guys. Once in prospects, and once in cash….and for at least 3 of them (Reyes, Buerhle, and Buck), they will be over-paying them…and then, of course, Johnson is a major health risk, and Bonafacio isn’t actually very good. So….yes, Toronto should be better, but it was a very expensive upgrade in terms of talent and dollars.

    Unless Miami turns around and spends the money saved on some high quality FAs (which, let’s face it, isn’t happening)….it is just embarrassing from their perspective….not that this is a bad deal for them, because it isn’t….it is just that they just sold off much of their talent right after getting a new stadium and declaring themselves competitors over and over and over.

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Free the Marlins!

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