Twitter Explodes as Blue Jays Reportedly Complete Blockbuster Deal with Marlins

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Twitter Explodes as Blue Jays Reportedly Complete Blockbuster Deal with Marlins
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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.  

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. 

 

Twitter Reaction

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:

Newly crowned National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper decided to take advantage of the situation:

Miami pitcher Ricky Nolasco also chimed in, summing up many people's reaction to the trade in just one word:

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. 

ESPN's Buster Olney threw in a few more names that the Blue Jays are acquiring:

Morosi understood how all the names could make readers' heads spin, and he drastically simplified the situation:

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:

MLB.com's Steve Berthiaume reported the exact figures the big names headed to Toronto will be owed:

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:

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:

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: 

Barack Obama set the record for most re-tweets when he typed in "Four more years" last week, but Faux John Madden has a plan to break that mark:

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