Marlins, Blue Jays involved in blockbuster trade
In what will likely be one of the most notable trades of the offseason, the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays made a blockbuster trade Tuesday as the Marlins shed some of its payroll and the Blue Jays picked up some star talent, according to CBSNews.com.
The Marlins sent shortstop Jose Reyes, left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle and right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson to the Blue Jays for some of Toronto’s top prospects.
The deal came just a year after the Marlins spent an uncharacteristic amount of money bringing in well-known players as they attempted to rebrand the team. Miami, who moved into a brand new ballpark at the start of the 2012 season, finished the year in last place despite it’s highly-touted acquisitions.
The Marlins began shedding parts of their salary in July when they traded Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. During October, Miami continued to decrease its payroll as it sent Heath Bell to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The deal came as a shock to many, including one of the remaining Marlins’ players — Giancarlo Stanton.
“Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple,” Stanton said over Twitter.
The Marlins President of Baseball operations, Larry Beinfest, hinted at the trade about two weeks ago when he talked about the Marlins way.
“We’ve kind of lost our Marlins way,” Beinfest said. “The real Marlins way was we always outperformed our challenges. Whatever our challenges were, whether it was playing in a football stadium or weather or a lock of fans, or lack of revenue for that matter, we always found a way to outperform our challenges.”
While there are never any definites in baseball, it appears that the Blue Jays took home the better end of the deal as they now have a more star-studded lineup.