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How Jays-Marlins trade affects Yankees

11/14/2012 10:40 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Jose Reyes will reportedly be taking his talents north of the border.(AP)
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi broke the news on Tuesday about a major trade. The full story is here, but here are the particulars of the Toronto Blue Jays-Miami Marlins blockbuster not yet official:

Toronto gets: Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and $4 million

Miami gets: Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick and Anthony DeSclafani

In a word, wow. In another, disgraceful to see the Marlins hit rock bottom on their fire sale after having South Florida tax payers flip most of the bill for their new stadium and actually begin selling off players after last season’s All-Star break. For the Blue Jays, this is obviously great, but there’s also risk. Johnson is injury prone and finished 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA in 191 innings last season. The same with Reyes and he’s off a subpar season, though one figures he and Bonifacio wreak havoc atop the lineup and set up Jose Bautista for a monster year. Buehrle was his usual solid self, but he also turns 34 in March. And keep in mind these core players come from a team that was a World Series contender on paper but finished 65-93 – 41-44 at the break.

How this impacts the Yankees is the increased competition in the AL East and that the Blue Jays are now major players. While the Red Sox are rebuilding, the Orioles finished two games out of first place and pushed the Yankees to five games in the ALDS, and the Rays always seem to find a way to contend.

However, don’t count on a knee-jerk reaction or anything resembling a blockbuster from Brian Cashman. I got a kick out of reading various proposals on Twitter Tuesday night that suggested sending Francisco Cervelli to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton. Most were tongue-in-cheek (I think) and others threw in the names Eduardo Nunez, Adam Warren and Curtis Granderson.

Considering what the Marlins did, I suppose almost anything is plausible, but besides the New York Post’s Tweet that Stanton’s name wasn’t brought up at last week’s GM meetings, even the Marlins would demand anybody’s finest prospects, including the Yankees, and with the Bronx Bombers carefully watching their payroll, they’re relying on their system more than ever. Sure, Stanton, 23, would be awesome at Yankee Stadium, but one must be realistic even in the face of the absurd.

And that includes any thought of Alex Rodriguez – who the Yankees will not trade – waiving his no-trade clause to play for a team now apparently on course to lose 100-plus games.

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