Report: Toronto Blue Jays on the Verge of Major Blockbuster with Miami Marlins

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIINovember 13, 2012

Sept 6, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson (55) throws against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of acquiring starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Miami Marlins.

Shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria will be on their way to Miami, tweets Rosenthal.


Yunel Escobar and Hechavarria part of package going from #BlueJays to #Marlins. Monster deal.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2012


In a later tweet, Rosenthal explains that there will likely be several more players included in the deal, though it's unknown as to who and from what team. All signs point to the Blue Jays having to give up a bit more.

Another source tells Jon Morosi of that Jose Reyes could potentially be included in the deal as well.


One source tells me Jose Reyes is expected to go to Toronto, as well. This is not a joke.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 13, 2012


The Marlins are clearly working on a massive roster overhaul. Their spending spree on free agents clearly did not work well during the 2012 season, nor did the hiring of now ex-manager Ozzie Guillen.

Starting from scratch by shedding payroll may be the organization's best option.

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, could potentially be swinging the power of the American League East with such a trade.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos will greatly be improving his team's starting rotation and lineup by adding two established pitchers and a bona fide leadoff man.

If such a trade actually goes through, both teams will have vastly different expectations heading into 2013 than they had in 2012.

The Marlins will be expected to rebuild and finish towards the bottom of the National League East.

The Blue Jays will likely be expected to at least make a run at the Wild Card, and maybe even more.

This is definitely a trade to keep your eyes and ears on over the course of the next few hours.