Bold Predictions for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson After Blockbuster

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Bold Predictions for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson After Blockbuster
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The Toronto Blue Jays one-upped the Los Angeles Dodgers.

And Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is a genius.

Those are just some of the sentiments being shared in the wake of the mega-trade between the Blue Jays and Miami Marlins.

In one fell swoop, Anthopoulos took on approximately $167.75 million in salary in obtaining starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck.

However, he also took on players who filled some huge holes as well.

It's clear that Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle were the three key pieces that made this deal so worthwhile to Anthopoulos. With that particular triumvirate of players, he filled his need to upgrade his starting rotation and put a difference-maker at the top of his batting order.

Throw in Bonifacio, who could be the replacement for Kelly Johnson at second base, and Anthopoulos' wish list for the offseason is almost completely taken care of.

Yet, there are still some holes to fill. Anthopoulos still needs to figure out some bullpen needs and some other tweaks, but this deal without question puts the Blue Jays in the conversation for the 2013 postseason.

So, what kind of an impact can Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle have for the Blue Jays in 2013?

Let's take a look.

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