Straight off the wire. I think the whole Dade County collectively just shook their head in shame as this news just broke minutes ago. An unconfirmed deal that pretty much gets rid of the whole team and leaves Giancarlo as the pretty much all that’s left.
Fire sales seem to be all the rage for the Marlins and have truly become experts in conducting them.And the way ESPN put it, pretty much any player that “is making money” has been sent or will be sent off.
USA Today has the scoop, read below…
7:09 PM EST November 13. 2012 – Less than a year after committing nearly $200 million to free agents in an effort to generate buzz for their publicly-funded stadium, the Miami Marlins have blown up their roster in stunning fashion.
They are shipping $106 million shortstop Jose Reyes, staff ace Josh Johnson and $58 million starter Mark Buehrle to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade involving at least seven players, an official from each team familiar with the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
The persons spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized.
Including an earlier trade of Heath Bell, the Marlins will have shed $186 million in future salaries this offseason.
Going to the Blue Jays: Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson and catcher John Buck. Coming back to the Marlins: shortstop Yunel Escobar, starter Henderson Alvarez and more players to be confirmed.
Various reports indicated the deal could balloon to as many as eight players. Fox Sports reported infielder Adeiny Hechavarria and top pitching prospect Justin Nicolino will also go from Toronto to Miami.
The trade continues a massive retreat from the Marlins one year after they appeared to announce their arrival as significant players in the National League, timed to the opening of their $545 million stadium in Little Havana.
But a disastrous 69-93 season unfolded, followed by the firing of manager Ozzie Guillen. And now a fire sale of epic proportions:
– Closer Heath Bell, given a three-year, $27 million deal before 2012, was traded to Arizona in a three-way deal with $18 million left on his contract.
– Johnson, their staff ace the past several years, will make $13.75 million in 2013 and then be eligible for free agency.
– Reyes’ $106 million contract is heavily backloaded and he’s due to earn $96 million over the final five years of his deal.
– Buehrle made just $6 million last season and is due $52 million the last three years of the deal.
– Buck is due $6 million in 2013.
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, showed they are jumping feet-first into the AL East fray.