Emilio Bonifacio: SS/OF Key Piece of Marlins' Firesale Trade with Blue Jays
The Miami Marlins made it known that the majority of their team would be available following a 69-93 season. They appear to be favoring efficiency, shipping off five players to the Toronto Blue Jays in what looks like an overwhelmingly one-sided trade.
The Blue Jays have completely made over their roster with the move.
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
In addition to the versatile Emilio Bonifacio, who can play in the middle of the defense on the dirt or on the grass, they also receive two quality starting pitchers in Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle. Shortstop Jose Reyes and catcher John Buck round out the trade.
While sending out high-priced pitchers is somewhat understandable, Bonifacio was due to make just $2.2 million in 2012. He gave the team a decent bat and a versatile player that could fill holes in the defense.
In return, the Marlins get to continue losing. But with a much lower salary.
To be fair, new Marlins manager Mike Redmond was a part of the Blue Jays' system and knows many of their young players. He brings in a starting pitcher in Henderson Alvarez along with a pair of shortstops, Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria.
Miami also acquired a minor-league prospect, starting pitcher Justin Nicolino, along with 21-year-old center fielder Jake Marisnick.
Nicolino played for Toronto's Single-A team in Lansing in 2012, posting a 2.46 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 124.1 innings.
Marisnick was a third-round draft pick in 2009 who had a solid 2011 season in Single-A ball. But he hit just .233 in 55 games after being sent to Toronto's Double-A affiliate in the middle of the 2012 season.
While Redmond may be familiar with his new players, so is Toronto. I don't see a team that was below .500 last season giving up star prospects that could be their future if they weren't getting a lot more value in the short-term.
I'm also seeing little on paper to cause reason to believe the future is any brighter in Miami.
It is disturbing for fans to see their team get completely gutted. While I don't want to advocate for a commissioner relationship in baseball with the control exerted by someone like Roger Goodell or David Stern, fans deserve some layer of protection from an ownership group that is willing to strip performance for profits.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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