The Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton summed up the feelings of many of his team’s fans.
Johnson, Buehrle and Reyes are being joined by catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonifacio. In exchange, the Blue Jays are sending some good young, low-priced talent to Miami: pitchers Henderson Alvarez and Justin Nicolino, catcher Jeff Mathis, infielders Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechevarria and minor league outfielder Jacob Marisnik.
The commissioner’s office will have to approve the trade, which has not yet been officially announced.
Stanton would be the only star Marlin left. Buehrle (four years, $58 million) and Reyes (six years, $106 million) were signed to large free agent contracts last winter. Johnson is owed $13.75 million in 2013.
The Marlins have a new manager, Mike Redmond, who managed Toronto’s Florida State League team. The Blue Jays allowed their manager, John Farrell to leave for Boston last month and haven’t selected his replacement.
Toronto is short on star power in the AL East. The Blue Jays, who were decimated by injuries in 2012, had a 73-89 record, 22 games out of first place.
And, Reyes will be a new challenge for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who throws out nearly 40 percent of basestealers.
If the Blue Jays’ starting rotation is healthy, they could improve some in the AL East, but the three main players in the trade were part of a Marlins’ team that lost 93 games in the NL West.