Miami Marlins finalize trade with Blue Jays

Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio traded

Published On: Nov 19 2012 03:12:47 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 05:56:04 PM EST
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The Miami Marlins finalized a much talked about trade with the Toronto Blue Jays Monday which will see the Fish send Jose Reyes, John Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio north.

In exchange, the Marlins received SS Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Henderson Alvarez, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, C Jeff Mathis, and INF Yunel Escobar. The Marlins also sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Blue Jays in the deal.

“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,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said 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,” Loria added. “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.”

The trade led South Florida leaders to voice their displeasure with the deal. In an interview with MLB.com, Giancarlo Stanton also spoke about his feelings on the trade.

The Marlins also announced the signing of outfielder Juan Pierre.

Click here to read the Marlins' news release, including statistics on the players the team received in the deal.