Wednesday, November 14, 2012
AL East in Shock, NL East Happy, Miami Pissed
Toronto Blue Jays get two front-line starters in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, a premier shortstop in Jose Reyes, a speed demon utility guy in Emilio Bonifacio, a league average catcher in John Buck...oh, and 4 million dollars. Not only that, they were able to dump malcontent Yunel Escobar. Wow!
Miami Marlins are left with essentially no talent outside of Giancarlo Stanton, unless you consider Greg Dobbs an All-Star. They do get a Cuban export prospect (Adeiny Hechevarria), a left-handed starter with upside (Hector Alvarez), no-hit-all-defense catcher (Jeff Mathis), lazybones (Yunel Escobar), salary "relief", and two other prospects.
The American League East just got a jolt of "Oh, shit!" with the additions to the Jays, as it puts them immediately into consideration as a contending team heading into next season.
The National League East, just breathed a sigh of relief with the subtractions from the Marlins. The Mets were reportedly rejoicing with the sound of music as they can count on being saved from the basement of the NL East next season.
Miami...well, they're pissed. Brand new stadium and now all that's left after one miserable season is about $16M in payroll. Poor Giancarlo Stanton tweeted last night- "Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple." Can't blame him, the Fish' GM just sent most of the team's talent to Canada. This is the umpteenth time the Marlins organization has had a fire sale, and they've only been in existence for about two decades. Disgusting and shameful. They don't deserve to be a MLB franchise.
Rumor has it that they're trying to pawn off their cheerleaders (aka- Mermaids) to local strip clubs.