Juan C. Rodriguez
The Rays dealt from a position of strength, moving pitchers
Talents like Myers, 21, rarely are dealt at this stage of their careers. He is Baseball America's minor league player of the year. He's big league-ready and poised to help keep the Rays competitive in a loaded
Nats stronger with Span
Dave van Dyck
While the Blue Jays made the biggest splash (the mega-trade with the
And while the deal went under the radar, baseball's best team guaranteed it would remain that by getting a true center fielder and leadoff hitter in Span. His career on-base percentage (.357) is 35 points higher than the Nationals got from leadoff last season. Plus, the Nationals' defense becomes much better with Span in center and
It's the move that had massive impact on both ends: The Great Miami Marlins Salary Dump of 2012.
For the Marlins, the trade that sent
The Blue Jays took advantage of the Marlins' chicanery, swallowing lots of salary — but avoiding the free-agent market — for the chance to add a No. 1 and No. 2 pitcher and a onetime batting champion whose game could thrive on artificial turf. Toronto is the fourth-largest market in
Going for it in Toronto
The Blue Jays needed a series of moves to transition from an AL also-ran into a World Series betting favorite. But the trade with the Marlins that brought Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle north of the border was the rally starter.
If the Jays hadn't made that trade, the additions of
Championships aren't won in November, but the title for the biggest impact this offseason goes to the Jays.