Wednesday, November 14, 2012

AL East in Shock, NL East Happy, Miami Pissed

What the hell just happened?  Seriously, this trade is ridiculous.

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.


Ben said...

1) Happy times in Philadelphia (and New York and Washington and Atlanta).

2) This trade will NOT make the Blue Jays contenders, at least short term. It's not like these guys were exactly producing wins last year, and now you have a hybrid team prone to factionalisim and in need of meshing together. The fact the Jays managed to do this deal without completely gutting their farm system means that they probably will contend in a few years with a rebuilding Red Sox and Rays and an uncertain O's, but I don't see it in 2013.

Anonymous said...

Ben- I think it puts the Blue Jays right in the thick of things. I like the O's but am not sold on them as they were heavily bullpen dependant and BPs and BPs are highly fungible. They had a ridic extra-innings wins record which isn't likely to be replicated. They are good but I wouldn't be suprised if they regress a bit unless Bundy turns out to be the next Strasburg.The Yanks are aged, the Rays are dece, but this certainly elevates the Jays. A healthy Johnson is their best starter since Doc and Buehrle isn't a scrub. Hell, they didn't even have to give up D'Arnoud.

Beer-a-Thon said...

If Ricky Romero does what he is capable of, that gives them 3 very good starting pitchers.

Jose Bautista back for an entire year. Edwin Encarnacion. Jed Lowrie a year under his belt.

Yeah, they'll be good, and I don't think they're done adding yet.

SirAlden said...

Sign A Centerfielder
Sign Kepplinger
Sign One Experienced Bullpen Arm
Sign Another Experienced Bullpen Arm

4 Phillies

Andrew said...

I think its hilarious that the Marlins ditched two underachieving headcases (Hanley and Reyes) and then added one back in (Yunel). Way to go losers!

GM-Carson said...

Marlins are likely to flip Yunel Escobar to another team, like the A's.

Andrew said...

I feel the Jays are likely to do some flipping too... what do you think?

Anonymous said...

Bautista and Johnson for Brown, Mayberry, and Halladay.

Send Doc back.

Anonymous said...

Boo Hays just picked up Melky Cabrera