The Toronto Blue Jays were aware that they are in a unique situation next season in the American League East. The other four franchises are all in a state of flux and change, and there is no clear cut favorite to walk away with the division as their has been in the past. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos knew that they needed to add pitching depth and have lacked a real lead off hitter for almost a decade, and he also knew that now is the time to make a move. To make a statement.
Boy did they ever.
The Toronto Blue Jays completed a 12 player trade last night with the Miami Marlins that will have starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, shortstop Yunel Escobar, back up catcher Jeff Mathis, talented infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, minor-leaguer Anthony DeSclafani and blue-chip prospects Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino heading to Florida. The Jays will receive former NL batting champion Jose Reyes, veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle, starting pitcher Josh Johnson, back up catcher (and former Jay) John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio.
This is a huge trade for the Jays as it potentially a starting rotation that consists of Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. It may be one of the deepest rotations in the team’s history. The Jays already have a very deep and reliable bullpen and they could be even more potent next season if the starting rotation hits it’s potential.
The real steal of the trade is shortstop Jose Reyes. He is capable of hitting or hitting .330 with double digit home runs, 120 plus runs scored and over 50 stolen bases if he is healthy. He will provide the Blue Jays with the first real legitimate lead off hitter the organization has had in a long time and provides a table setter for the big bats of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnicon.
One this is for sure, the Blue Jays made a statement and are taking a shot!
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