Reyes, Johnson reportedly heading to Toronto in mega-deal
The Marlins and Blue Jays are on the verge of a massive blockbuster deal that will dramatically alter the balance of the American League East and reshape Miami’s immediate future, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.
The reported mega-deal, broken on Twitter by FOXSports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, will send almost all of Miami’s highest-paid stars — including shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle — to Toronto in exchange for a huge haul of young players and top prospects.
Baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com that Johnson, outfield prospect Jake Marisnick and catcher Jeff Mathis are involved in the deal, and Justin Nicolino posted on his Twitter account that he is heading to Miami. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Toronto will also receive $4 million as part of the deal. The deal has been confirmed by several other media outlets, but neither club has commented on or confirmed the trade as of Tuesday night.
Here’s what the trade looks like, based on all the latest information and reports:
Toronto will receive shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck, utility man Emilio Bonifacio and cash.
Miami will receive shortstops Adeiny Hechavarria and Yunel Escobar, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino and outfielder Jake Marisnick.
It is no exaggeration to say this trade will have a huge impact on the AL East, as the Blue Jays have added two talented veterans to their rotation and a dynamic hitter, fielder and baserunner at a premium position.
As for the Marlins, they have cleared out almost all of their major financial obligations, significantly lowering their payroll. They might not be done, either, as Rosenthal reported that Ricky Nolasco may not be far behind Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle, Bonifacio and Buck in leaving Miami.
The Marlins got a chance to start over last winter, going on an offseason spending spree that quickly assembled new, exciting talent under their new manager in their new, $600 million ballpark with their new jerseys and new Miami moniker. Less than a year later, they have completely dismantled that club and added a big haul of young players through a blockbuster trade nobody saw coming.