Marlins, Blue Jays Today Could Complete Mammoth Trade
One of the "largest trades in baseball history" could be completed today between the Blue Jays and Marlins. The trade has yet to be formally approved, but as of last night it "seemed unlikely" that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "would make any move to negate the deal." Sources said the Blue Jays would acquire P Josh Johnson, P Mark Buehrle, SS Jose Reyes, OF Emilio Bonifacio and C John Buck. The Marlins would get a package that includes SS Yunel Escobar, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, P Henderson Alvarez and prospects, reducing their '13 payroll commitments to about $16M (FOXSPORTS.com, 11/14).
Miami sports radio host Paul Castronovo wrote on his Twitter feed: "@Marlins fool me once, shame on You, Twice shame on me. Fool me 3 times, I'm not going to any more games. Feel bad for the baseball guys." CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted: "This was supposed to be a routine owners meeting highlighted by vote on nat'l tv deals. Marlins-jays trade has spiced it up." ESPN's Buster Olney: "Another consideration for MLB as it reviews this trade: the Marlins will be held up as cautionary tale for cities asked to build ballparks." "Late Show" writer Eric Stangel: "Out of habit, David Stern just tried blocking some of the Marlins trades."