If fans of baseball weren't into what has become known as the Hot Stove League, they are certainly interested now.
Starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck are headed to Toronto.
In return, the Marlins receive shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major league starter Henderson Alvarez, minor league starter Justin Nicolino, center fielder Jacob Marisnick, catcher Jeff Mathis and minor league pitcher Anthony DeScaflani.
With the trade, the Marlins now only have $16 million in salary committed for the 2013, not including arbitration-eligible players.
For the Blue Jays, general manager Alex Anthopoulos took care of several team needs in one fell swoop. With Johnson and Buehrle, Anthopoulos more than met the need to acquire impact starters. The acquisition of Bonifacio gives the Jays some options. With his ability to play center field and second base, Bonifacio could very easily serve as the replacement for Kelly Johnson at second.
This particular blockbuster deal comes just 11 weeks after the biggest trade of the regular season, when the Boston Red Sox sent left fielder Carl Crawford, pitcher Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and utility infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman James Loney, infielder/outfielder Jerry Sands, starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, minor league pitcher Allen Webster and utility infielder Ivan De Jesus.
So, just which of the two deals presents a larger risk/reward payoff?
Let's take a look.