Via MLB.com -
When the Marlins hired Mike Redmond as manager last week, it opened a pipeline with the Blue Jays.
The two organizations didn’t waste much time tapping into each other’s resources.
On Tuesday night, the Marlins were reportedly working on a blockbuster trade with Toronto, sending away five established veterans, including Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes, while shedding nearly $160 million in payroll commitments.
Heading to Toronto would be Johnson, Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.
In return, the Marlins would receive shortstop Yunel Escobar, second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, left-hander Justin Nicolino and catcher Jeff Mathis.
Miami also would acquire outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, who played for Redmond at Class A Dunedin, and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.
The trade was not officially announced as of early Tuesday night. But Johnson and other players were informed that they were being dealt.
The Red Sox, last season, swung a deal to shed tons of payroll. And, now, the Marlins are doing the same. But, the Yankees will probably be saddled with the contracts of A-Rod, Teixeira and Sabathia until they expire. Why is that?
Unless, of course, this deal is being made so that the Marlins can clear payroll in order to take on A-Rod’s contract from the Yankees? Oh, to dream…