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The Toronto Blue Jays clearly won the 12-player blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins. Odds makers even thinks as much, dropping their World Series odds from 100-1 just two weeks ago down to 9-1.

After the trade became official, we saw a version of what the Jays lineup will look like come opening day in 2013. But what about the Marlins lineup? Fans are upset with the fire sale, upset with Jeffrey Loria, but let’s be realistic here. The Marlins have to actually write out a lineup card on opening day against the Nationals in Washington, whether they want to or not.

What will lineup look like? Who will be the starting five?

When you actually look at the projected lineup you wonder if the team will even come close to 60 wins. Just to compare, the Houston Astros, who are in a ton of trouble this year moving to the American League West, have similiar issues with their lineup and may struggle to come close to their 55 win season of 2012.

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Don’t let that headline deter you, every team in baseball. The duplicitous Marlins insist Giancarlo Stanton will not be traded and, considering he is still one season short of arbitration, just 23-years old and one of the best players in the game, they would be nuts to absorb the kind of PR and on-field hit moving him represents. The Marlins, slimy yet cunning business people as they are, won’t hand over Stanton to opportunistic American League pilferers…yet.

Unless, as the asterisk indicates, they do. Intrigue!

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A lot will be written in the coming hours, days and weeks (pending league approval) about how the Miami Marlins have gone too far this time in their attempt to cut costs. Noted swindler Jeffrey Loria will probably designate poor on-field performance as the motivation for his and general manager Michael Hill’s latest foray into the realm of selling off assets. In the Marlins latest turn as miscreant artists, it’s approximately $166 million in the form of Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck heading to Toronto in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and a trio of prospects. It’s familiar territory for the club.

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In order to fully grasp the implications of the twelve player trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays – Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck in exchange for Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, and Anthony Desclafani – one must understand a thing or two about baseball transactions.

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Welp. Mere hours after we examined the Marlins potentially making moves with some or all of their establish players, Miami goes ahead and pulls off a MASSIVE deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal is not yet confirmed by the league as there is money changing hands but multiple reports claim the rubber stamp process will do as it should, likely by Wednesday afternoon.

The deal as currently reported looks like this:

To Toronto To Miami
  • Jose Reyes
  • Josh Johnson
  • Mark Buehrle
  • John Buck (!)
  • Emilio Bonafacio
  • Yunel Escobar & Adeiny Hechavarria
  • Jeff Mathis
  • Jake Marisnick (!!!)
  • Henderson Alvarez
  • Justin Nicolino & Anthony DeSclafani

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The Marlins are not in a good place right now. Their big manager hire went pear-shaped, doomed even before it began. Their first season in a divisive ballpark netted more empty seats and scratched heads than any noble homage to modern art deserves. The team went into sell mode at the trade deadline, moving two key pieces and the previous face of their franchise in July.

The Fish wasted little time this off-season, dumping Heath Bell and gaining a young, controllable infielder Yordi Cabrera in the Chris Young trade. Now the Marlins are, through the filter of USA Today baseball writer Bob Nightengale, making nearly everyone else on their roster available via trade. Back up the truck!

Slow down, now. Not everyone is on the block. The one piece that everyone would want, the Patron Saint of Getting Blanked Giancarlo Stanton, is going nowhere. Which leaves…what, exactly?

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Hiring Ozzie Guillen away from the Chicago White Sox was a quintessential “Miami” move but it was antithetical to the entire ethos of the Florida Marlins. A move/rebrand to the Miami Marlins did not make the team over in its city’s image – they’re still just the shitty old Marlins.

The Marlins – who do everything on the cheap, who splash cash on a closer only to ship him out after it turns out he was as bad a pitcher as nearly everyone suspected – operate under a unique business plan. The Marlins are all about churn, not star power. Their free agent signing are more of the Mark Buehrle ilk: functional pieces slotted between their plethora of cheap, controllable talent and The One Really Good Guy They Lock Up Long Term.

When it comes to managers, a guy like former catcher Mike Redmond is more their speed. Which is why their hired him to replace their lunatic of choice, according to Jon Heyman of Boras Inc.

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