Insanity in Miami
In case you missed it, the Miami Marlins are in the midst of trading half their team to Toronto. Or did I just wake up out of a dream?
As of this writing, we’re still waiting for official word, but according to various reports, the Marlins are sending Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays in return for a slew of players that may or may not include shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria, outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, pitching prospects Anthony Desclafani and Justin Nicolino, and veteran backup catcher Jeff Mathis.
If it becomes reality — and all signs are pointing as such — this would be one of the biggest blockbuster deals in MLB history. Though, this type of deal is suddenly a trend, if you consider the extraordinary salary dump by the Red Sox this past August.
I can’t say it’s shocking to see the Marlins sell the farm — again. Hints at yet another rebuild came after they rid themselves of Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and Gaby Sanchez over the past few months. But it is surprising to see so many big names packaged together to one team, for what appears to be an underwhelming return.
Let’s take a very quick look at the men sent south from Toronto:
Jeff Mathis – the quintessential “catch and throw” backstop who can’t hit a lick.
Henderson Alvarez – at 22, he’s young. That’s about all he has going for him.
Jake Marisnick – this 22-year-old was the #2 prospect in the Blue Jays organization according to Baseball America. Per their scouting report: “Marisnick has the potential to be a five-tool player, though questions linger about his bat.” Huh.
Adeiny Hechavarria – a Cuban defector who will be 24 years old shortly after Opening Day 2013. From the various scouting reports I’ve seen, Hechavarria sounds like an older version of Ruben Tejada: slick fielder, OK baserunner, decent bat, good enough defensively to have an everyday job at SS.
Justin Nicolino – per Baseball America, who listed him as Toronto’s #5 prospect: “Nicolino profiles as a middle-of-the-rotation starter with an ultimate ceiling of a No. 2.” From what I gather, his top pitch is a changeup, his fastball velocity hovers around 90 MPH, and he tends to throw at a too-low arm angle. He’s only 21 years old.
Anthony Desclafani – a 22-year-old righthanded pitcher from Freehold, NJ, who had an impressive season in the Midwest League.
What are your thoughts on this blockbuster? Comment away …