Trade Details

Date: November 19, 2012

Miami Marlins acquire

  • Right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez
  • Right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani
  • Shortstop Yunel Escobar
  • Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria
  • Outfielder Jake Marisnick
  • Catcher Jeff Mathis
  • Left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino

Toronto Blue Jays acquire

  • Infielder/Outfielder Emilio Bonifacio
  • Catcher John Buck
  • Left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle
  • Right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson
  • Shortstop Jose Reyes

Initial Reaction

Coming off a disappointing 2012 season, the Marlins made it known they would consider major personnel changes. However, even their top player, Giancarlo Stanton, was caught off guard by this decision to ship off so much veteran talent.

LHP Mark Buehrle

Buehrle was his generation's most consistent starting pitcher and continued to accept a heavy workload after the trade to Toronto. The lefty led the Blue Jays pitching staff with 40 wins from 2013-2015 before retiring from baseball.

RHP Josh Johnson

Johnson's National League success translate as well as Buehrle's, however. He posted a hideous 6.20 earned run average in 2013, missed half the season due to injury and left the Blue Jays the following winter in free agency.

Ely Sussman
When healthy with the Marlins, Johnson was one of my favorite pitchers to watch. It's a shame his career was cut short by arm issues.

SS Jose Reyes

Reyes' best years were behind him by the time he joined the Blue Jays. The team could count on him for stolen bases, but eventually traded him in 2015 to upgrade at the shortstop position.

Trade's Legacy

The Blue Jays absorbed more than $150 million in future salary obligations to facilitate this trade in the interest of building a contending team. Interestingly, none of the players they received here actually appeared for them in the postseason.

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