Less than a year after making a huge splash in free agency, the Miami Marlins reportedly are dismantling their team and sending some of their best — and most expensive — players to the Toronto Blue Jays.
FOXSports.com reporters Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal say that pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle are being traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays as part of a blockbuster deal. They say shortstop Jose Reyes, who signed a six-year, $106 million deal last offseason, is also part of the trade. Catcher John Buck and utility man Emilio Bonifacio reportedly are also being sent to Toronto.
The Marlins reportedly are getting back shortstop Yunel Escobar and infielder Adeiny Hechevarria. Morosi says left-handed pitching prospect Justin Nicolino will also be going to Miami. Pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA last season for Toronto, is said to be part of the deal.
The Marlins began the process of dismantling their new-look team — which included a new stadium, new uniforms, and new team name — after the season ended. They fired manager Ozzie Guillen, and traded high-priced relief pitcher Heath Bell to the Diamondbacks. It looks like they’re in full-on rebuilding mode after going a disappointing 69-93 last season. The Blue Jays are hoping the additions will help them compete in the challenging AL East.
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