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When news of this trade broke (via Yahoo! Sports), it sounded like a fantasy baseball trade made over a too few many beers.
For Miami Marlins fans, the trade that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays for six high-level prospects and Yunel Escobar was a nightmare.
However, the Marlins were justifiably looking to dump salary. After a disastrous 69-93 season, they just could not afford to maintain such a high payroll.
The flawed franchise has spent millions not only on the team, but on building a new stadium.
The was a slap in the face of the taxpayers and fans who had ponied up the money, but commissioner Bud Selig and other general managers in baseball think the Marlins fared quite well.
With the star players they acquired in this deal, the Blue Jays—who have not been to the playoffs since 1993—became overnight favorites for a playoff spot.