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Old November 14 2012, 04:38 AM   #48
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Re: MLB Offseason 2012

This is a great article from Really a head scratcher of a deal

The Blue Jays and Marlins reportedly executed a staggering 12-player trade Tuesday night that will send five starting players from the 2012 Marlins -- shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and multi-position speedster Emilio Bonifacio -- to Toronto in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, backup catcher Jeff Mathis and four prospects.
The deal finds the Blue Jays assuming $167.75 million worth of contracts, led by those of Reyes ($96 million over the next five years plus a 2018 option) and Buehrle ($52 million over the next three years) who were just signed by the Marlins last offseason. Subtract the $4 million being sent to Toronto in the trade and Escobar's $5 million salary for 2013, and that's a net $158.75 million increase in Toronto's financial commitments.
All of that to acquire five starting players from a team that won just 69 games in 2012, which begs the question: If a team that won just 73 games acquires one-fifth of the roster of a team that won just 69, did it really get any better?
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