Blue Jays And Marlins In Blockbuster Trade

The Blue Jays and Marlins have made a blockbuster trade that may be the final piece the Blue Jays need to not only compete, but to win their division.  In the trade, the Blue Jays acquire starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder/outfielder Emilio  Bonifacio and catcher John Buck,  In return, the Marlins acquire shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major-league right-hander Henderson Alvarez, minor-league left-hander Justin Nicolino, center fielder Jacob Marisnick, catcher Jeff Mathis and minor league right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.  Blue Jays ownership, after a dismal season due to injuries, have proven that they want to bring a winning team back to Toronto.  At a time when Hockey negotiations are crawling and fans are waiting to find out how much of the season can be salvaged, the Blue Jays have stolen the headlines.  For the Marlins part, they have once again dumped their franchise players at what looks like to be another fire sale, which has been the teams history.  The Marlins started the season with a one hundred million dollar payroll.  The deal was made possible by the two factors; 1) the Marlins do not offer no trade clauses and 2) a season that saw them lose ninety-three regular season games.  The Blue Jays are now a real threat in the east with an aging Yankee ballclub and the under-achieving Red Sox.  Neither team formally announced the trade, although it is not expected Commissioner Bud Selig will have any objections to it.

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