Grading the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins Blockbuster Trade

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Grading the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins Blockbuster Trade
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The baseball world got a major shock on Tuesday night with the announcement of its first blockbuster trade of the winter.

The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins are on the verge of pulling off a 13-player deal that will change the landscape of both franchises for 2013 and beyond.

The Blue Jays acquire starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonafacio and catcher John Buck.

The Marlins acquire shortstop Yunel Escobar, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani, outfielder Jake Marisnick and catcher Jeff Mathis.

Miami will also send $4 million in cash to Toronto, and the deal is pending MLB's approval.

On one side, the Blue Jays have just made themselves a major contender in the American League East by adding quality talent in the field and in the rotation.

And on the other side, the Marlins have just performed their third fire-sale in team history and are rebuilding all over again.

Let's grade this blockbuster deal for both sides.

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