MLB Offseason Moves: The Toronto Blue Jays Strike First, Allegedly.
According to multiple reports that are flooding the tube and Internet, a fire-sale trade is currently taking place between the Blue Jays and Miami Marlins. The deal reportedly will send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Blue Jays; in return for the top-crop of players, the Marlins will receive a package of "who in the hells" that include Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Justin Nicolino, Jeff Mathis and Jake Marisnick. (h/t FOXSports.com. and Yardbarkers' Joe Lucia)
The deal—again still not approved—is certainly a good start for the Toronto Blue jays, taking advantage of a division that is not so guaranteed next season.
As for the Marlins, the deal is what it is: They doomed themselves from the beginning, taking on a coach that will go down as one of the most overrated (yet, media-funny) in baseball history. Regardless of the players lost or added, the Marlins stand little chance of contending next season. Add in a new coach that is only two-years removed from playing and the only thing growing in Miami for the next few seasons will be the anger by fans.
At least they do have a very fun outfield-piñata-fish-display to lessen the spoils of defeat, constantly.
But enough of the Marlins, this trade is really about the Blue jays.
Toronto finished 73-89 in 2012, a lot of it stemming from a poor pitching staff—mind you, not a staff without talent, but definitely one without the experience to handle 162 games. Other than Brandon Morrow, no starter had a winning record.
Now, with this trade pending, the Jays will immediately become a staff not to mess with in 2013. Johnson and Buehrle have both proven they are top-tier pitchers; mix that in with a health Romero, pus Morrow, and the AL East looks a little different come spring training.
Oh yeah, the AL East: the enigma of 2013.
If ever there was a time to make a move in the AL East it would be now. The league is not certain. The Red Sox are under new management and scrambling to get the pieces Bobby Valentine destroyed back to working order. The Yankees, based on their current lineup, look more primed for AARP and better discounts at restaurants than they do for another World Series run. The Orioles, a team that is going to have to fight hard, again, proving they were not just a one-year fluke, will certainly have their hands full—or tied.
So, why not the Jays in 2013? John Farrell might be asking himself that question, presently, understanding what the trade can do for the Jays team he left behind.
The move, if made, will put them on top of my list in the AL East—for now.
Just remember: I didn't even need to mention what Jose Reyes will do for them.