Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle Deal Proves Alex Anthopoulos Is a Genius

Jon ReidCorrespondent IINovember 14, 2012

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 01: Jose Reyes #7 of the Miami Marlins reacts against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on October 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays fans all over the country were starting to grow restless.

Sure, GM Alex Anthopoulos had re-stocked the farm system and seemed to be focused on the future, but that's all he seemed to be doing in the eyes of some disgruntled fans.

Not anymore folks.

In what is a historic move for the Blue Jays organization, Anthopoulos has landed starting pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, along with one of baseball's best shortstops in Jose Reyes in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins as reported by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Remember the lack of depth in the starting rotation?

That's taken care of.

How about the desperate need for a true leadoff hitter?


Heck, he even managed to bring in a second speedster in Emilio Bonifacio, as well as a veteran, backup catcher in John Buck.

So what goes back to Miami?

Problematic shortstop Yunel Escobar is gone. That was inevitable anyhow and isn't a big loss to this ballclub. Joining him is another middle infielder, Adeiny Hechavarria, who was one of Toronto's more major-league-ready prospects, but by no means was he untouchable.

Henderson Alvarez will also be heading south, but there never really was going to be a place for him in the Jays' rotation with the acquisition of Johnson and Buehrle now and the talent coming up through the system.

The pieces heading the other way that will sting are outfielder Jake Marisnick (Buster Olney of ESPN reported he was part of the package, though for some reason, he thought he is a pitcher) and young lefty Justin Nicolino, who was part of the three-headed dragon in Lansing this season that propelled it to an unbelievable season.

Now, giving up your second- and fifth-best prospects isn't ideal, but it won't be damaging in the long run to the Blue Jays organization.

On the mound, the Jays still have prospects like Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard (the other two guys that were absolute monsters this season in Lansing with the aforementioned Nicolino), as well as guys like Daniel Norris (ranked at No. 6, right behind Nicolino and also a lefty) and Roberto Osuna.

As for Marisnick, he should become something special one day, but you have to give something up to land players like Reyes and Johnson, and Marisnick was probably the best piece going back to Miami.

This season, though, Marisnick only hit .263 with Class-A advanced Dunedin and .233 with Double-A New Hampshire, and the Blue Jays still have Anthony Gose in their outfield in terms of prospects.

When it comes down to it, the Jays give up three of their top 10 prospects, but Anthopoulos has made sure that there is a replacement for just about every one of them in the system.

Therefore, the Jays are still positioned for long-term success, yet now have the ability to be serious contenders as soon as 2013 by keeping guys like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow in town with this mammoth deal.

If you didn't think Alex Anthopoulos was a brilliant general manager before, it may be time to re-consider.

This deal is a win-win for the Toronto Blue Jays.