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Miami Received: RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, SS Yunel Escobar, IF Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Jake Marisnick, C Jeff Mathis, LHP Justin Nicolino and cash
Toronto Received: IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck, LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Josh Johnson, SS Jose Reyes
Jeffrey Loria: Winner
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria might be right when he says that the Marlins are going to be an excellent team in two or three years.
Between the young talent that the team already had in the system (Giancarlo Stanton, Rob Brantly, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez) and the prospects that the Marlins got from Toronto, the future in Miami does look like it could be a bright one.
But in the here and now, Loria stands as the only person in Miami who can be classified as a winner in the team's latest salary dump. As pointed out by Fox Sports' Jon Morosi shortly after the trade went down, the savings for Loria in 2013 are substantial:
In fairness to Loria, his savings weren't quite that big.
According to ESPN's payroll figures for every MLB team, Miami sits with a payroll of $35,720,400—$14 million ahead of Houston for the lowest payroll in baseball and well below the MLB average, which sits at just under $102 million per team.
Still, Loria sits with a team that looks to be well on its way to a 100-loss season, a 37,000-seat stadium that's a year old but struggles to draw half that many fans to home games and a fanbase that dreams of a day when he no longer runs the team.
But he's got more money—the only thing that really matters to the most unpopular man in Miami—in his pocket than he did at this time last year.
Alex Anthopoulos:: Potential Big Loser
Even if Toronto fails to make the playoffs in 2013, I can't imagine that GM Alex Anthopoulos' job is going to be a point of contention in baseball's only city north of the border.
That said, things have gone just about as badly as they could have for Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays.
Jose Reyes, the best player involved in the deal, is currently on the disabled list with a nasty ankle injury suffered against the Kansas City Royals, and he might not return to action until after the All-Star break.
Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, who are expected to bolster the team's starting rotation, have struggled.
| ||W-L ||ERA ||WHIP ||IP ||H ||BB ||K
|Buerhle ||1-1 ||6.26 ||1.61 ||23 ||31 ||6 ||16
|Johnson ||0-1 ||6.91 ||1.81 ||14.1 ||20 ||6 ||15
|Totals ||1-2 ||6.51 ||1.69 ||37.1 ||51 ||12 ||31
Emilio Bonifacio, who over the past four years has hit .271 with 26 stolen bases a season, is hitting .192 and has yet to attempt to steal a base.
Pegged as a preseason favorite to not only win the AL East but to contend for a spot in the World Series, Toronto's 7-11 record and fourth-place showing in the division doesn't give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
If the team continues to flounder and the newcomers continue to struggle, some are sure to question Anthopoulos' decision to jettison many of the prospects he's spent the past few years stockpiling for veterans who, at this point, appear to be past their primes.
Bauer would finish that game against Tampa Bay with seven walks in five innings of work—not much better than what Cleveland is already getting from its current group of underachievers.
Once considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, Bauer's star isn't shining quite as brightly as it once was. That said, he's fully capable of becoming the ace of the staff who Cleveland hopes he will become.
It'd just be nice to see him contributing at the major league level at this point, especially with the mess that is the team's starting rotation.