Spent a few minutes doing some research on the seven players the Marlins will get back in this trade with the Blue Jays. Here it is.
SS Yunel Escobar (6-2, 210)
- Only established big league, everyday starter of the bunch. Escobar turned 30 on Nov. 2 and hit .253 with nine homers, 51 RBI and just five stolen bases in 145 games for the Blue Jays last season. He's a career .282 hitter. He made 12 errors last season and is a career .976 fielder. Signed through 2013, he's due to make $5 million next season.
RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-1, 210)
- Venezuelan born right-hander, who turns 23 on April 19th, has been in the Blue Jays system since he was 17. He went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA in 31 starts in 2012 with Tornoto in his first full big league season. He had 79 strikeouts and 54 walks in 187 1/3 innings in 2012. He went 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 starts in the big leagues in 2011. He figures to join Ricky Nolasco, Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner in the Marlins starting rotation -- assuming all those guys are still around come March.
INF Adeiny Hechavarria (5-11, 180)
- Known for his speed and glove, the Cuban born shortstop turns 24 on April 15. Ranked the seventh-best prospect by MLB.com in the Blue Jays farm system, Hechavarria spent almost all of 2012 with Triple A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League and hit .312 with 6 HRs, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases in 102 games. He has played 332 games in the Blue Jays minor league system. He played 41 games in a brief August call-up with Toronto inand hit .254 with two homers and 15 RBI.
LHP Justin Nicolino (6-3, 160)
- Considered the fifth-best prospect in the Blue Jays farm system, Nicolino turns 21 on Nov. 22. The former 2nd round pick out of Orlando University High went 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 119 Ks, 21 BBs in 28 games, 28 starts in 2012 with Single A Lansing (Mich.) of the Midwest League. He's 16-6 with a 2.09 ERA in two minor league seasons. He can run his fastball up into the low 90s and complements it with a breaking ball and a changeup.
OF Jake Marisnick (6-4, 200)
- He turns 22 on March 30. The former third round pick from Riverside Poly High in Calif. was considered the second-best prospect in the Blue Jays organization by MLB.com this past season. He played for Mike Redmond at Single A Dunedin for half of 2012 the season where he hit .263 with 6 HRs, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 65 games. He hit .233 with 2 HRs, 15 RBI in 55 games with Double A New Hampshire of the Eastern League in remaining 55 games of 2012. A center fielder most of his career, Marisnick will probably end up moving to left field since the Marlins already have Christian Yelich in center.
RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6-2, 195)
- The former Florida Gators standout nicknamed 'Disco' turns 23 on April 18. He went 11-3 with a 3.37 ERA, 92 Ks, 25 BBs at Single A Lansing of the Midwest League in 2012.
C Jeff Mathis (6-0, 200)
- Veteran big league catcher who hits from the right side turns 30 on March 31st, but has spent most of his career as a backup. A former first round pick from Marianna, Fla., he's a career .198 hitter with 34 HRs, 166 RBI in 497 career games, most with the Angels. He spent 2012 with Toronto and hit .218 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 71 games. Assuming the Marlins don't dump him, he'll serve as the backup to Rob Brantly.
That didn't take long. Only 11 months after going "all in" by signing a handful of high-priced free agents, the Marlins are dumping payroll in a multi-player trade with Toronto. A source confirmed that Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio are headed to the Blue Jays.
The source said that, in return, the Marlins would receive a package of players that includes shortstop Yunel Escobar and infielder Adeiny Hechavarria. Foxsports and ESPN.com reported that the Marlins would also receive right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez, left-hander Justin Nicolino and outfielder Jake Marisnick. Foxsports' Jon Morosi reported that the Marlins would also receive one of three catchers -- J.P. Arencibia, Bobby Wilson or Jeff Mathis -- in the trade. Arencibia is a former first-round pick out of Miami's Westminster Christian.
The reported deal was quickly given a thumbs down by Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
"Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & simple," Stanton tweeted.
The trade would shed a great deal of salary from the Marlins' payroll for next season and beyond. Johnson stands to receive $13.75 million in 2013, his final season before free agency. Reyes has five years and $96 million remaining on the 6-year deal he signed with the Marlins last year. Buehrle has three years and $52 million remaining on his contract. The deals for Reyes and Buehrle were both backloaded and will increase dramatically. Reyes will go from making $10 million next season to $22 million in each of the four remaining years on his contract. Buehrle is scheduled to make $11 million in 2013, $18 million in 2014 and $19 million in 2015.
The Marlins made three major free agent signings last offseason in acquiring Reyes, Buehrle and Heath Bell. Bell was traded last month to Arizona.
Little will remain of the Marlins' Opening Night roster and coaching staff that christened new Marlins Park in April. That starting infield will now be completely gone. Four-fifths of the starting rotation? Gone. The starting catcher? Gone. Since the end of the season, the Marlins have also fired Ozzie Guillen, replacing him with Mike Redmond.
The trade is awaiting approval by Major League Baseball before it can be made official and announced.