The Toronto Blue Jays have made the first major splash of the offseason and acquired pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, in addition to shortstop Jose Reyes from the Miami Marlins.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi broke the news. They reported via Twitter that there were many players heading between Toronto and Miami, but noted the big names that would be northbound and the ones the Blue Jays were giving up.
Again, there are many names in this deal. The big ones: Reyes, Buerhle, Josh Johnson to #BlueJays.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2012
As the ace of the staff, Johnson went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA this past season. The 28-year-old is a two-time All-Star and is two years removed from a season in which his 2.30 ERA was the top mark in the National League. He had spent his entire career with the Marlins.
Buerhle will now play for his third team in three seasons. The 33-year-old lefty played his first 12 seasons in the majors with the Chicago White Sox before signing a four-year, $58 million deal in Miami.
Reyes also signed a six-year, $102 million deal with the Marlins prior to the 2012 season, meaning the Marlins have successfully unloaded their largest contracts.
Here are the best tweets following the blockbuster trade.
The best part of Twitter is that fans sometimes get to hear straight from the players. Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was not shy about sharing his feelings on his team's deal:
Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
Newly crowned National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper decided to take advantage of the situation:
@giancarlo818 you can always come play for the Nats! We will take you anytime! Get some red, white, and blue in your life!— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 14, 2012
Miami pitcher Ricky Nolasco also chimed in, summing up many people's reaction to the trade in just one word:
Huh?.......👀— ricky nolasco (@RNolasco47) November 14, 2012
Logan Morrison, the team's left fielder, was the next to take to Twitter. He was able to keep his cool by quoting Dave Chappelle's cult classic Half Baked and attending to personal grooming habits.
I'm not gonna do whatever body thinks I'm gonna do and freak out! Ugh, I need a bath.— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) November 14, 2012
ESPN's Buster Olney threw in a few more names that the Blue Jays are acquiring:
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
Morosi understood how all the names could make readers' heads spin, and he drastically simplified the situation:
The shorthand of this deal is something like this: If you are earning a big salary with the Marlins, you are now a Blue Jay.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012
Morosi then moved into specifics and crunched the numbers of this incredibly cost-cutting move by the Marlins. This is a trade that will certainly make Congressional Republicans proud:
#Marlins opened season with a payroll of roughly $100MM. After this trade, non-arb 2013 obligations will be ~ $16MM. Historic salary dump.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012
Emmett Macfarlane is a professor of politics at University of Waterloo, but took to tweeting about sports on this occasion. He is just hoping that the man who always seems to spoil the party in Canada will stay away from the Blue Jays' big deal:
This is where Gary Bettman swoops in and ruins everything. #BlueJays— Emmett Macfarlane (@EmmMacfarlane) November 13, 2012
When something this massive goes down, sarcasm is often the only reasonable response to the situation. This was the case for ESPN's Jim Bowden:
Apparently the teams names were also exchanged..now Toronto Marlins and Miami Blue Jays— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 14, 2012
MLB.com's Anthony DiComo offered his perspective on this deal as a New York Mets beat writer. He notes that this is a positive development, but the Mets certainly shouldn't be shooting for the stars:
ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry also looked at this from a different fanbase's perspective and noted that supporters of other teams have no right to complain about their own misfortunes:
Hey Lakers. That's not how you alienate a fan base. THIS is how you alienate a fan base - love, the Marlins.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 14, 2012
RT if you got traded to the Toronto Blue Jays today— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) November 14, 2012