How's that 12-player Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster looking three years later?
Hey, remember when the Marlins traded the entire state of Florida to the Blue Jays for the population of Canada? That's how it felt, at least, when a total of 12 players -- five from Miami, seven from Toronto --swapped teams three years ago in a deal that was finalized on Nov. 19, 2012.
For the record: Miami sent Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto in exchange for Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony Desclafani, Justin Nicolino and Jeff Mathis.
So … how'd that turn out?
It was the largest trade in Blue Jays' history and billed as "a new era" for the team, giving it a contender status that coalesced with 2015's ALCS run. But, fun fact: Not a single player that the Blue Jays acquired in the deal remains with the team.
Buehrle pitched through 2015, but he became a free agent earlier this month. After 2.5 seasons, Reyes was part of the deal with the Rockies that brought Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto. Johnson pitched one year, finished with a 6.20 ERA and left as a free agent. Bonifacio played 94 games, but then the Royals picked him up.
Buck spent less than a month with the team before he was shipped to the Mets along with Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud and a Minor Leaguer for Mike Nickeas, Josh Thole and the magic knuckleballing R.A.Dickey -- meaning, not only did the trade help reboot Miami while building a contender in Toronto, but it also gave the Mets two important pieces for their 2015 postseason run.
So, if you think about it, all said and done, the Blue Jays ended up with Dickey, Tulowitzki and three solid seasons of Buehrle. The Marlins, on the other hand, held on to quite a few of the players they got from the Jays.
Alvarez was an All-Star in 2014 and, along with Nicolino, figures into the Marlins rotation next season. So does Jarred Cosart, who the Marlins acquired by trading Marisnick (part of the Blue Jays deal) after 1.5 years to the Astros. Mathis played three seasons and is now a free agent, Desclafani pitched one season and was traded to the Reds for Mat Latos, himself traded to the Dodgers as part of a three-teamer that netted the Marlins a trio of Minor Leaguers. Escobar was traded almost immediately to the Rays for Derek Dietrich, who's still on the team. And Hechavarria is the Marlins' starting shortstop and probably a ninja:
The verdict: Depends how you think about it. The Blue Jays don't have anyone from the deal left, but it either directly or indirectly brought in a few pieces that made them one of the best teams of 2015. The Marlins' haul included a few building blocks of their franchise.
Either way, it's always fun when teams trade players in quantities that can be described as "a whole bunch."