Miami, FL: Five More Willies Freed

Not 2013 Marlins

Photo from Hanley Ramirez’s Twitter account

So according to MLB Trade Rumors: “The Blue Jays have reached agreement on a deal with the Marlins that will send right-hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck to Toronto.”

In exchange the Marlins will receive the handsome bounty of “shortstop Yunel Escobar, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, left-hander Justin Nicolino, outfielder Jake Marisnick, catcher Jeff Mathis, and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. The deal, which will also call for the Marlins to send $4MM to the Blue Jays.”

So in case you’re counting, that’s $1MM each for how many people should be surprised the Marlins did something stupid again this year. Last year they threw some plaster of Paris over the ruins of a burnt down KFC and called it Ancient Rome. This year they personally went to the door of every fan they had and kicked them in the nerts, and said “Thanks for paying for our stadium instead of your kids education. Bye!”

So what was the point of that?

Justin Nicolino(RHP) – An elite single A pitcher by the numbers in 2012, who will be 21 at high A in 2013. 2.54 FIP, 8.6 K/9, 1.06 WHIP. Although he won’t blow anybody away on the radar gun, Nicolino was a key to this trade and can be a 3 or 4 guy if he’s able to refine his stuff.

Jake Marisnik – Marisnik is a premium athlete. After tinkering with his stance all year, he has started looking more comfortable in the Arizona Fall League, and 2013 could be the year he breaks out. He is a 22 year old centerfielder who can hit 15-20 HR and steal 20-30 bags annually, with good on base skills, if he reaches his ceiling. And even if he doesn’t, his floor looks pretty high.

Henderson Alvarez –  Nobody is happier about how enormous Marlins park is than Henderson Alvarez. Last year he gave up 29 seat ticklers in hitter friendly Canada Stadium (it’s not called that). He came into the league in 2011 as a guy with average stuff, but good command. Last year his strikeout rate fell to just 3.8 per nine, and the walk rate rose to 2.59 per nine innings.

Yunel Escobar (SS) – A 30 year old shortstop with slowly declining defensive skills, who fell below league average last season at the dish. Escobar tallied 4.2 WAR in 2011, and stepped back to 1.8 in 2012. He will either keep the position warm or move to 3B, and will likely enjoy moving to Miami. Let’s take a closer look:

  • Cuban: +1 for Miami
  • Not the biggest fan of homosexuals: neutral based upon my limited knowledge of each city
  • Bad relationship with the Blue Jays organization as a whole: +1 for Miami
  • That’s Miami 2-0.

Anthony Desclafani (RHP) – In what was his first professional season as a baseball pitcher slash guy-with-a-Magician’s-last-name, the “Great Desclafani” limited walks, but delivered a middling strikeout rate. He gave up too many hits, but kept the ball in the yard. Hard to tell where this goes as he moves up the ladder, but it seems unwise to expect him to become more than a back of the rotation starter.

Adeiny Hechavarria (SS) – Has the potential to become a very good defensive shortstop, but will only ever hit slightly better than a scared baby deer. Although athletic and rangy he does not steal many bases. If he can learn to draw a walk, he could reach 20. Otherwise, think 15. He will be 24 years old next year, and it remains to be seen whether he will play short or 2B in 2012.

Jeff Mathis (C)– Hits like Dee Gordon on the opposite of steroids, while talking on his cell phone, while driving, and pretending to be an effeminate Clown named Smushes trying to blow off jury duty. Do your civic duty, Mathis!


The 2013 Blue Jays will look like this while they contend for the division title.

1. Jose Reyes – SS
2. Emilio Bonifacio – 2B
3. Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
4. Jose Bautista – RF
5. Brett Lawrie – 3B
6. Adam Lind – DH
7. J.P. Arencibia – C
8. Colby Rasmus – CF
9. Anthony Gose – LF

1. Josh Johnson
2. Mark Buehrle
3. Ricky Romero
4. Brandon Morrow
5. J.A. Happ / Chad Jenkins / ?

[RA Rowe]


About ra_rowe

A long suffering Padres fan who grew up in San Diego, and moved to Pasadena, Rowe works as a Junior Product Manager and writes poetry in addition to knowing everything about baseball.

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