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Chicago Cubs 101: Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays on the Verge of Mega-Trade

November 13th, 2012 at 9:44 PM
By Chester Baker

'Jose Reyes Scoring After Home Run' photo (c) 2012, slgckgc - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ We don't normally talk about non-Cubs related manners on Chicago Cubs 101, but sometimes things in the baseball world are just too big to go unnoticed. While the potential blockbuster trade brewing between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins may not directly involve the Cubs, save for the few games they play against Miami, this would really shakeup the league. Sources have confirmed to multiple media outlets that the Marlins have agreed to send Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonafacio to the Jays in exchange for Yunel Escobar and two top prospects. 

How about that for a shift in the AL East power rankings?

As one could guess, Marlins players aren't exactly thrilled at the idea of giving up three of their top players, especially Giancarlo Stanton. 

"Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple," the disgruntled outfielder tweeted. 

The deal is not yet official, however, as neither teams have confirmed it and MLB would still have to approve the deal. Cubs fans know all too well the perils of believing trades have gone down before becoming official, as experienced through the Ryan Dempster and Dan Haren confusions. 

If this deal does happen, it would be an absolutely incredible turnaround for the Marlins. Just a few months ago they were the toast the NL East, with a new name, new stadium, new logo, new manager, new star, new everything. With season expectations so high, it seems almost unfathomable that they could pick apart this team already. Of course, the process began earlier this year when they traded Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which brought back memories of the franchise's history for breaking up the club. With Jose Reyes, who was the one of the most acclaimed free agents last season on the move with Josh Johnson, one of the longest tenured Marlins on the team, it looks like Miami will be starting from scratch. 

With this new host of players coming to Canada, Toronto has placed itself in prime position to contend with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles for the AL East crown. The Blue Jays may have even just made themselves the favorites in the entire American League. 

Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Dan Haren, MLB, Ryan Dempster

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