Apparently the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins aren't ready for a vacation quite yet.
During what is normally a down period for MLB-roster-related action, the two squads have reportedly agreed to a monstrous trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes to the Blue Jays, while Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez and Justin Nicolino went to the Marlins.
Again, there are many names in this deal. The big ones: Reyes, Buerhle, Josh Johnson to #BlueJays.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2012
Jon Morosi confirmed that elite prospect Jake Marisnick is also on his way to the Marlins.
One Marlins player who didn't get traded was outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. He wasn't too happy:
Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
Finally, ESPN's Buster Olney made it official and summed up pretty much what we were all thinking:
The Blue Jays-Marlins trade is done... This is going to be one of the all-timers, with Reyes, Johnson, Bonifacio, Buck, Buehrle...holy crow.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 13, 2012
Let's start with Toronto's end.
According to Baseball Reference, the Blue Jays finished 11th out of 14 AL teams in ERA last season. They were also 11th in strikeouts and dead last in home runs and walks allowed.
With the exception of Brandon Morrow, they had no consistency in their starting rotation.
This trade would immediately change that.
Buehrle was terrific in his first year in a Marlins uniform last season. He logged 202.1 innings and compiled a 3.74 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He also won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award.
The normally dominant Johnson, meanwhile, had a 3.81 ERA. It was a bit off his career average, but he continued to get better as the season progressed.
Reyes, of course, has the talent to be one of the most exciting players in the league. He struggled at times with the Marlins to the tune of a .287/.347/.433 line. But 12 triples, 11 homers and 40 stolen bases isn't something you see every year.
Who got the better of this trade?
On the other side of the deal, the Marlins get a pair of middle infielders.
The 30-year-old Escobar hit .253 last season, while 23-year-old Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria got his first major-league stint and hit .254 in 126 at-bats.
The final piece, 22-year-old Henderson Alvarez, already has some impressive major-league experience for his age. He threw 187.1 innings last year, logging a 4.85 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.
It's pretty obvious that money was a big factor in this deal, but it's safe to say the East—in both leagues—is about to see a major shakeup.