SS Yunel Escobar
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Henderson Alvarez
C Jeff Mathis
LHP Justin Nicolino
RHP Anthony DeSclafani
OF Jake Marisnick
Blue Jays Acquire:
OF Emilio Bonifacio
LHP Mark Buehrle
SS Jose Reyes
C John Buck
RHP Josh Johnson
The Blue Jays just turned themselves into contenders for the AL East, boosted the moral of their fans, and improved their ball club tremendously. Kudos to general manager Alex Anthopolous for pulling off such a huge deal. This works the opposite way with the Marlins. They shattered their relationship with their already mistrusting fan base, caused many to question owner Jeff Loria, and even tick off their best player. Rumor has it they are shopping the last two MLB players besides Giancarlo Stanton, Ricky Nolasco and Logan Morrison. Here is a tweet from Mr. Stanton!
|Giancarlo Stanton tweet|
I don't think Mr. Stanton will be signing a long term deal with the Marlins any time soon! I could see another trade in the Marlins future involving Mr. Stanton. At least they have a cool fish tank?
I am not going to sit here and predict Stanton's future, I am here to analyze the trade.
I have to compare this deal to the Dodgers-Red Sox trade this August, and it is eerily similar, though the Dodgers took on over 150 million dollars more than the Blue Jays tacked on. Let's say this is the big move for the Blue Jays this offseason, look at this team:
C J.P. Arencibia
1B Adam Lind
2B Macier Izturis
SS Jose Reyes
3B Brett Lawrie
OF Jose Bautista
OF Emilio Bonifacio
OF Colby Rasmus
SP Josh Johnson
SP Mark Buehrle
SP Ricky Romero
SP Brandon Morrow
SP Kyle Drabek
Jose Reyes should be an excellent addition to a line up, and it means there will be a lot more RBI's for Bautista. Johnson and Buehrle take this rotation, and turn it into a formidable force. Bonifacio is an excellent piece, but in my opinion should be playing second baseman and Anthony Gose would be in the outfield. Buck is a solid back-up catcher/DH, but was just a salary dump. The former Marlins catcher will be replaced by C Jeff Mathis (oof!). With Alex Anthropolous having an obsession with relievers, this team looks like a World Series contender. Do not forget that they still have a very deep minor league system! This deal looks like highway robbery looking in, but it works well in both ways. It would have been mutually beneficial if the Marlins hadn't tricked the taxpayers into buying him a new stadium, sounds a little like the 1998 Padres! I feel sympathy for Marlins fans, or the few that they have left, this is a bad move for Jeff Loria, the Marlins owner. Remember, Mr. Loria has two WS titles in the last 15 years, but he also hasn't won the division. They literally erased their entire offseason, as well as Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, the faces of the franchise. They received Hechavarria to be their replacement for Reyes, Alvarez to fill the slot of Johnson, Yunel Escobar, another trade chip; and two very good prospects in Nicolino and Marisnick. Don't forget about DeSclafani. The Marlins do have quite a good young rotation as well, featuring RHP Jacob Turner as well. This team has a bright future, if they can get another owner!
Here is an analysis of the prospects:
OF, Jake Marisnick
Jake Marisnick was considered one Toronto's best prospects coming into the season, and he did disappoint, hitting under .250 and just 8 home runs through A and AA. He stole 24 SB and was caught 9 times. The power is supposed to develop, but I don't think it will, I am not very happy with Marisnick, but he still is 21. Consider this, he has more HBP than HR in the minors. He looks like he regressed quite a bit.
RHP, Anthony DeSclafani
The former 6th rounder performed very well for the A Lansing Lugnuts, starting 21 games and striking out 92. He went 11-3 and posted a 3.37 ERA. I haven't seen much about him but the lack of k's scare me off. He looks like an interesting prospect and a solid throw in. Don't expect much and he could surprise you.
RHP, Justin Nicolino
This is the hidden gem of the deal, I have heard a lot of good things about the young lefty. The 6'3" 20-year old over two seasons have done very well. He has put up exceptional numbers, going 16-6 with a 2.09 ERA. In 185.1 innings he struck out 192 guys. He looks like he could have ace potential, and could be better than any player in this trade.
The Jays acquired some MLB talent for some younger cheaper talent. With the Marlins savings and the young players they received, this deal is actually good for both sides! I know it is crazy, but if you don't think about the terrible PR, it makes a lot of sense. Nicolino has a chance to be a number one starter. The Marlins did acquire the worst player in baseball, but oh well! (Jeff Mathis).
This isn't nearly as bad as it looks from the Marlins view, but the Blue Jays improved immensely. This is actually a true "win-win" which just took some bad publicity. If the Marlins don't lose too many fans, this isn't a bad deal!
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|NYM (9 yrs)||1050||4840||4453||222||81||423||370||92||333||509||.292||.341|
|MIA (1 yr)||160||716||642||37||11||57||40||11||63||56||.287||.347|
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|MIA (4 yrs)||416||1625||1450||7||84||103||23||135||318||.271||.332|
|ARI (2 yrs)||19||39||35||0||4||1||1||4||8||.200||.282|
|WSN (1 yr)||41||174||157||0||12||6||4||14||41||.248||.305|