The Toronto Marlies? Oh we mean Toronto Marlins…

By on November 20, 2012

Are rainbows and yellow brick ahead for the Blue Jays? Maybe not even Donald Fehr could screw this up… (Eddie Michels photo)



















Could this finally be it?  The Toronto Blue Jays can finally compete in the AL East like the days of old… you hear us Joe Carter fans?  The Jays made a trade with one of the worst teams in MLB in 2012 let’s get all jacked up.


Remember fans here at Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network we are always skeptical of these dream team, looks good on paper scenarios —  so control your optimism.



Melky Cabrera and this…  !!!
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have completed a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins that will see the club acquire RHP JOSH JOHNSON, LHP MARK BUEHRLE, SS JOSE REYES, C JOHN BUCK, INF/OF EMILIO BONIFACIO and cash considerations. In return the Marlins will acquire SS YUNEL ESCOBAR, SS ADEINY HECHAVARRIA, RHP HENDERSON ALVAREZ, C JEFF MATHIS along with the following minor league players, LHP JUSTIN NICOLINO, RHP ANTHONY DESCLAFANI and OF JAKE MARISNICK.
Josh Joshson was 8-14 last season with a 3.81 ERA in 31 starts. The two-time All-Star recorded 165 strikeouts with 65 walks in 191 1/3 innings. The 6-7, 249 lb. right-hander led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010. In eight seasons with the Marlins the former 4th round selection in the 2002 First Year Player draft owns a career record of 56-37 in 154 games with 144 starts and an ERA of 3.15.  2012 contract status of Josh Johnson: signed through 2013, 4 years at $39M (2010-2013) – the Marlins were 29 games out, why?  Almost $10 million a year for 8 and 14!  Well at least attendance is not a problem as they filled to 73% capacity right about average for MLB in 2012.
Buehrle finished the 2012 season with a 13-13 record and a 3.74 ERA in his first season with the Marlins. In 31 starts the 6-2, 230 lb. native of St. Charles, Missouri pitched 202 1/3 innings, marking the 12th consecutive season he pitched at least 200 innings. The four-time All-Star spent the first 12 years of his career with the Chicago White Sox before joining Miami last season, and owns a career record of 174-132 in 421 games, including 396 starts with a 3.82 ERA.
Reyes hit .287 for the Marlins last season with 37 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs and 57 RBI, while adding 40 stolen bases. The four-time All-Star posted a .347 on-base percentage, after walking 63 times with just 56 strikeouts. The 2011 National League batting champion is a career .291 hitter, with 259 doubles, 111 triples, 92 home runs and 480 RBI in 1,210 games. The 6-1, 200 lb. switch-hitter is fourth among active Major League players with 410 career stolen bases.  Reyes actually hit .034 better than Escobar and only cost just over $5 million per yer more… see our point?
Buck appeared in 106 games last season for the Marlins batting .192, that’s right .192!  His contract is $6 million a year,  with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. The 6-3, 210 lb. catcher returns to Toronto where he was an American League All-Star in 2010 and hit .281 with 25 doubles, 20 home runs and 66 RBI. In nine major league seasons with Kansas City (2004-2009), Toronto (2010) and the Marlins the Kemmerer, Wyoming native has posted a .235 batting average with 159 doubles, 118 home runs and 423 RBI.  JP Arencibia batted .233.
Bonfacio batted .258 last season in 64 games, with 30 stolen bases and 30 runs scored. The 5-11, 200lb. switch hitter has played all three outfield positions as well as second base, third base and shortstop during his six year career with Arizona (2007-2008), Washington (2008) and the Marlins (2009-2012). In 476 career games the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native has posted a .267 average with a .329 on-base percentage along with 53 doubles, 25 triples, seven home runs and 110 stolen bases.
John  Gibbons served as Blue Jays manager from August 9, 2004 through to June 20, 2008 posting a record of 305-305 in 610 games and is the 3rd winning -est manager in franchise history.  A .500 record gets you third, so we know the pain the Blue jays fans have endured.
A first round pick and the 24th overall selection in the June 1980 draft, Gibbons spent 11 years playing professional baseball (1980-90), including parts of three seasons as a catcher with the Mets. In 18 games at the Major League level, he batted .220 with one home run and two RBI. In the minors, he posted a career .254 average, with 107 home runs and 514 RBI in 1,178 games.
John Gibbons first joined the Blue Jays coaching staff in 2002 as a bullpen catcher, being promoted midseason to first base coach. He served in that capacity until replacing Carlos Tosca in August of 2004. Prior to joining the Blue Jays, John spent 11 seasons working in the Mets organization, including winning two championships and earning three Manager of the Year awards.
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