Orioles watch as Blue Jays add Marlins' big names

Orioles watch as Blue Jays add Marlins' big names
November 14, 2012, 1:30 am
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The Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton summed up the feelings of many of his team’s fans.

“Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple,” Stanton tweeted early Tuesday evening.

Stanton is apparently losing several teammates. The Marlins are reportedly trading pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle as well as shortstop Jose Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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.

Buehrle and Johnson will join a rotation that has Brandon Morrow and the once formidable Ricky Romero, who slumped badly last season.

Reyes’ basestealing skills will fit nicely at the top of the Blue Jays’ batting order. Sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion will look forward to having Reyes on hand.

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.