ESPN The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a multiple-player trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Josh Johnson to Toronto, according to sources. Also going to Toronto would be pitcher Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. “Just about any (Marlins) player making money is going to Toronto,” a source told ESPN. “It’s a good day to be bluejay!” a tweet from Toronto’s Jose Bautista read. The Blue Jays are sending shortstop Yunel Escobar, two top prospects — outfielder Jake Marisnick and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria — and possibly more to the Marlins.Reyes (6 years, $106 million) and Buehrle (4 years, $58 million) just signed long-term deals with the Marlins last offseason. Buck has one year remaining at $6 million, Johnson one year at $13.75 million, and Bonifacio is eligible for arbitration after making $2.2 million last year.
Shocking trade, an absolute salary dump by the Miami Marlins, as they send essentially every player who makes any money to the Blue Jays for a few lower salary players and solid but unproven prospects.
This time last year the Miami Marlins were a sleeper World Series pick, with a new stadium, a talented roster and being lead by new manager Ozzie Guillen. Now gone are Gullien and basically any player that Marlins fans have ever heard of, save Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton.
Suddenly the Blue Jays have a monster payroll but an incredibly deep roster which should be able to compete with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the AL East.
This is the first crazy trade in what could be a very wild MLB hot stove season, because it seems that these massive salary dump trades are all the rage in baseball right now.
UPDATE: Marlins Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Is Understandably Pissed Off: