Marlins announce trade with Blue Jays
MIAMI — Six days after agreeing to a 12-player deal, the Marlins on Monday afternoon announced their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays.
Miami has acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, C Jeff Mathis and INF Yunel Escobar in exchange for SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, C John Buck, OF Emilio Bonifacio and cash.
The Marlins said they were prompted to make such a major move after finishing last in the National League East with a 69-93 record.
“We’ve finished in last place the past two years, and that is unacceptable to our fans, to us as an organization, and to me,” said Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria in a statement. “We want to get back to our winning ways, and we want a winning baseball team for our fans. It’s incumbent on us to make the changes necessary to make us a winner again.
“It may not happen overnight. But with the players we acquired in the second half of last season, coupled with the infusion of players we are acquiring now, we will be returning to Marlins Baseball: high energy and hungry.”
MLB commissioner Bud Selig offered a statement on the trade, which upset many in South Florida because the Marlins parted with several high-profile and high-priced players.
“It is my conclusion that this transaction, involving established Major Leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both Clubs, does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion,” Selig said in a statement. “It is, of course, up to the Clubs involved to make the case to their respective fans that this transaction makes sense and enhances the competitive position of each, now or in the future.“I am sensitive to the concerns of the fans of Miami regarding this trade, and I understand the reactions I have heard since Tuesday.
“Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and I fully understand that the Miami community has done its part to put the Marlins into a position to succeed with beautiful new Marlins Park. Going forward, I will continue to monitor this situation with the expectation that the Marlins will take into account the sentiments of their fans.”
The Marlins on Monday also announced they signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre.
– Joe Frisaro