Sources: Marlins, Jays make epic deal

Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports
Wed Nov 14, 1:04 AM UTC

The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins consummated one of the largest trades in baseball history Tuesday, in what amounted to an epic backpedal from the Marlins’ aggressive spending less than one year ago.

The Blue Jays are set to acquire starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck from the Marlins, sources told

The Marlins will receive a package that includes shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major-league starter Henderson Alvarez, minor-league starter Justin Nicolino and center fielder Jacob Marisnick.

A catcher also will go to Miami in the trade — J.P. Arencibia, Jeff Mathis or Bobby Wilson.

For the Marlins, the salary purge is shocking (based on their Opening Day payroll of roughly $100 million this year) but also predictable, when considering their organizational history of fire sales. After the trade, the club has roughly $16 million on the books for 2013, not including arbitration-eligible players.

The blockbuster was made possible by the fact that the Marlins, as a club policy, do not award no-trade clauses. Thus, the Blue Jays were able to obtain veterans such as Buehrle and Reyes who did not seriously consider Toronto during free agency. In the past, Buehrle spoke about a desire to pitch near his home in Missouri.

The trade had not been officially announced by either club as of 7:15 p.m. ET Tuesday and MLB did not have all the details yet. But, reaction poured in from throughout the industry.

The Blue Jays figure to be competitive in the changing American League East, while the Marlins are looking at the early stages of yet another rebuild. Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton — the team’s lone remaining star — probably summarized the feelings of the veterans left in his clubhouse. In a tweet from his account, @Giancarlo818, he said, "Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple."

A key consideration in the deal is that new Marlins manager Mike Redmond managed in the Toronto system and knows many of the prospects Miami will receive.

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