Trade Review: Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins
As we move into the third month of six of the regular season, let us take a look at how the Toronto Blue Jays’ offseason trade with the Miami Marlins has panned out so far. In what was the probably the busiest offseason since the days of Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays acquired All-Star talent throughout the line-up and starting rotation. Here’s how they’ve fared so far.
In November Blue Jays’ General Manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled the plug on arguably the biggest trade in franchise history and certainly in his four year tenure. Anthopoulos managed to bring in three All-Stars from the Marlins in return for a bundle of young major league talent and prospects. Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes as well as Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck, with the latter being later sent to the New York Mets. In return, the Marlins received seven players back including infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick.
The Blue Jays gained arguably the best shortstop in baseball along with two former aces without giving up an A+ prospect. They did give up some major talent however, with a mixture of it being major-league ready and minor-league destined. At the time of the trade, the Blue Jays still had their top two prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, who nobody thought would leave the Toronto organisation. Despite the poor records of both teams entering June, I think most people would have taken the Blue Jays as the winners of the trade, and while probably true, the numbers and injuries sustained by the former All-Stars is nothing to shout about.
Twenty-nine year old Josh Johnson has made just five starts this season as his injury-plagued career continues north of the border. He made his first start in April 21st against the San Francisco Giants last night and threw seven strong innings giving up only one earned run. Despite Mark Buerhle’s tenacious effort and rubber arm, his 5.51 era is not good enough and has ultimately been a failure since arriving at Rogers Centre. Then there is the Dominican native and smiling champion Jose Reyes. You can’t help but feel annoyed yet sympathetic at the way Reyes went down back in April after playing just ten games. With an unorthodox slide into second that severely sprained his ankle, the former National League batting champion is expected back just after the All-Star break.
All in all, the first two months has been a painful one for the Blue Jays. The injuries and poor performance by the starting rotation has been the main problem, and while the offense has heated up in the month of May, starting pitching still remains a flaw. If AA could use his magical powers to see in the future, I wonder if he still makes the trade. If you ask me, and many other commentators for that matter, he has to. In baseball, injuries happen, and while poor numbers aren’t great, things generally even themselves out. Let’s hope they do just that. Go Jays!