Marlins send batch of pricey players to Toronto: reports

Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:51am EST
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(Reuters) - A blockbuster baseball trade sending high-salaried players Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays was close to completion, numerous local media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Final details of the trade were not yet available as neither team was offering official comment, while the official Major League Baseball website said baseball officials were still poring over terms of the deal.

The trade, first reported by FOX Sports, would shed some $160 million from Miami's payroll commitments.

Also said to be included were former Blue Jays catcher John Buck heading back to Toronto along with second baseman-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio.

Players that would be going to Miami from Toronto included shortstop Ynel Escobar, promising Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, starter Henderson Alvarez and back-up catcher Jeff Mathis, along with minor league pitchers Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani, and minor-league outfielder Jake Marisnick.

Johnson said he was informed he had been traded.

"I enjoyed my time in Florida," the 28-year-old, two-time All-Star told "Thank you, fans, for everything. You always supported me, and I appreciate that."

The blockbuster trade comes a year after the Marlins opened a new retractable-roof stadium, changed their name and uniform and rebuilt their roster with major additions to produce a makeover splash.

Miami signed Reyes, Buehrle and reliever Heath Bell for a combined $191 million, but high hopes were dashed by a disappointing season in the standings and in the stands.   Continued...