I had separate conversations earlier this offseason with a scout from a rival team and a player agent that basically intimated the same thing:
The industry was watching what the
The agent said Baltimore and Toronto could be easier sells this year to clients because the sense is that both teams are in a position to win now and for a few more years if they make the right choices.
The scout said the perception is that the Orioles have the money and/or the trade chips to add a big piece to an already good team and that the Jays are so flush with cash that they are just waiting for the right opportunity to supplement a solid nucleus.
Well, consider the Blue Jays on their way to making that move.
Although unofficial, it looks like they are about to pull off a crazy blockbuster with the penthouse-to- poorhouse
According to several reports, the Jays would get starting pitchers
My first take is that this is another baseball abomination brought to us by Marlins owner
And it further complicates things in the AL East.
This deal gives the Jays one of the premier middle infielders in baseball – when Reyes is healthy. And one of the better starters in baseball – when Johnson is healthy. Buehrle is an excellent addition to any staff and Bonifacio provides speed and versatility, when healthy.
Obviously, “when healthy” is a key here and the Jays have given up some of their future to make this happen. Infielder
So it's possible that the Blue Jays could regret giving up the young players in a few years.
But if their window for success really is open right now like the scout and agent suggest – Toronto was just 73-89 last year but was crushed by injuries – then this is a move they had to make.
A rotation of Johnson, Buehrle,
I wouldn't say this trade shifts balance in the American League East, but it sure would add another team to seriously consider in a division that is always tough.
The Orioles aren't going to knee jerk in response to this; executive vice president Dan Duquette would be looking to upgrade the club's offense and deepen its pitching staff, regardless.