MLB Trade Rumors: Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle Heading to Toronto?
Well Blue Jays fans, you may have gotten your wish.
Your desire to acquire starting pitching and spend money this offseason may come true if reports from some of baseball's best sources are to be believed.
In what would be akin to the Boston-Los Angeles mega deal earlier this year, that saw the Red Sox package both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers, it appears as though a deal could soon be finalized that would see pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, as well as shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck heading north of the border.
This has all developed over the past few hours, with tweets coming from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, as well as John Morosi of FOX Sports.They can all be seen at The Score's Blue Jays blog here.
It's been a slow offseason up until this point, but big moves like these usually take time to develop.
After quietly acquiring utility infielder Maicer Izturis and reliever Esmil Rogers, it appears as though GM Alex Anthopoulos had a grander plan in mind.
Rumored to be heading back to Miami are shortstops Adeiny Hechavarria and Yunel Escobar, young starter Henderson Alvarez and stud prospects Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino.
Should the move go through, the Jays will see about $165.95 million added to their payroll over the coming years. The deal, however, would also firmly place the Jays amongst the best teams in baseball, fielding a starting rotation consisting of Josh Johnson, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and Mark Buehrle.
They'd also see an incredible amount of speed added to their order with Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio both being major base-stealing threats.
After 20 years of regular season futility, if Anthopoulos could pull this move off without giving up to much of the Jays stacked farm system, he will have brought excitement back to Canada's biggest city with regards to baseball, while still maintaining a model for sustained success.
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