So as expected the Miami Marlins, led by one of the biggest crooks in the western world (Jeff Loria) had the fire sale of all their valuable pieces – the benefactor was the Toronto Blue Jays, who sold a large chunk of their future to get a gut of NL talent, and then another top NL player made his way north of the border as well.  We also finally get the NL awards announced too!  Let’s get it!


How the Jays have pillaged talent from the NL:


To Toronto:
  • Jose Reyes, SS – I think this gives Reyes a bump in fantasy value right away.  When comparing the two line ups he would hit atop there is no real comparison – MIA has Stanton and that’s about it…but to be followed by the bats of Bonifacio-Bautista-Encarnacion-Cabrera-Lawrie and throw in the young potential of Arencibia, Rasmus and Lind, Reyes has a chance to hit his 2006-2008 numbers.  Fearless prediction for 2013 assuming Reyes plays 145-150 games: .318-117R-12HR-68RBI-52SB
  • Emilio Bonifacio, INF/OF – I think that Bonifacio will benefit the most from this trade on an individual basis.  He always had to share time in MIA and tended to play a bunch of positions to get playing time.  In TOR he should quickly move into the starting SS spot right away which should give him 140-150 games if healthy – we could easily see two guys in the same line up with 50+ steals as he and Reyes both have game changing speed on the base paths. Fearless prediction for 145-150 games: .276-71R-4HR-39RBI-61SB.
  • Josh Johnson, SP – A full season removed from shoulder issues and in a contract year, Johnson could easily have a big 2013 in TOR.  If the offense produces close to what it should on paper his run support will not be an issue, so expecting 16-17 wins is not far-fetched, with a 3.00ERA and a 170K:50BB ratio, even in the AL East.
  • Mark Buehrle, SP – Buehrle is not overly pleased with the trade as he supposedly had a verbal agreement (along with Reyes) from the MIA brass he would not be traded. Now, anything to do with Loria is worthless when it comes to trust.  But, Buehrle is a class act so I wouldn’t expect anything less than his normal year in TOR, good SP4 type pitcher in all formats.
  • John Buck, C – Buck will likely move into a platoon with Arencibia which will end up sloping mostly to JP in the end.  Buck had his “career year’ in 2010 in Toronto so the organization knows him, but the power potential shown by Arencibia over the last two years will likely continue as he learns how to increase his BA and take more walks.  Not much fantasy value to find in Buck now, not like their ever was much anyway.


To Miami:
  • Yunel Escobar, SS – If Escobar would ever keep his mouth shut and just play he could be a very good short stop in the fantasy world.  But he always channels his inner Ozzie G and says stupid stuff.  He does have decent skills, but not top tier talent by any means.
  • Henderson Alvarez, SP – The young starter had a handful of solid outings in TOR last season which accounted for most of his 9 wins.  His usual issues revolved around his high WHIP and walks.  Not sure what the potential is here yet…
  • Jeff Mathis, C – Replaced John Buck with another version of John Buck.  Move along, nothing to see here…
  • Prospects - outfielder Jake Marisnick, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, left-hander Justin Nicolino and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.  The Marlins did quite well here in this collection of prospects… but it won’t matter to the fans, they watched this slow motion train wreck happen in their own town and Loria pulled off the greatest con-job in Miami history.  Every fan knew this would happen but it didn’t matter as their team turned into a triple-A level team.


The other player picked up by Toronto was the recent cheater/liar Melky Cabrera.  Adding the Melk-man gives Toronto a huge amount of options with their line up and in the outfield.  Although I fully expect Melky to drop off statistically inn 2013 – easy statement to make, he used PED’s and his numbers went up in 2011 and 2012 – but, if he still is a .275-15HR guy he should have lots of opportunities to score runs and collect RBIs in this now potent Blue Jays offense.  That being said, he slides down my draft list.


Rants and Ramblings:


NL MVP went to Buster Posey after winning the World Series as well.  To be honest, no single player really stood out and dominated statistically in the end – Braun had 41 HR and fantastic fall.  McCutchen had an amazing first 4 months and solid final stats.  RA Dickey has a magical season but his team is horrible.  Posey led the NL with a .336 avg and .408 OBP, was third with a .549 SLG, had 103 RBI and 24 HR – excellent season from a position with very little top quality…but not a statistically memorable season like in the AL.  Either way it was well deserved, although the case could have been made for Yadier Molina as well.


NL Cy Young was awarded to Robert Allan Dickey after a magical year form a 38 year old journeyman knuckleballer with now ulnar ligament in his pitching elbow.  Still am amazed at the season really, he just baffled hitter after hitter and it was truly enjoyable to watch.  Can’t argue though, even though I had Gio picked, Dickey was the best pitcher in the NL regardless of how bad his NYM team was. But I am doubtful he gets more than 16 wins and 200k next year…not saying he will be bad, he is still a solid pick and SP2-SP3 pitcher.


NL ROY went to Bryce Harper…and for some reason I was kind of surprised a little, even after the unbearable two years of hype.  He did have a good season by rookie standards, posting a .271-98-22-59-18 stat line, but wasn’t much of a fantasy score.  I would say if it wasn’t Bryce Harper you wouldn’t have even had this production sitting on your bench.  Still, he is going to get better next year, and so on and so forth, so it doesn’t really matter - first award in a long list eventually.


As for the NL hot stove:

  • The Phillies seem to be head over heels for BJ Upton – Hitting in that bandbox of a stadium would only benefit Upton’s power, and the Phillies could use the fleet footed CF.  I have a feeling PHI is going to overpay a lot here.
  • Jason Bay, who just hosed the NYM of $21M after soaking them for much more in the short time he actually was able to play, is talking to the Red Sox… didn’t they learn from say Drew, **Bay**, or Crawford?
  • The top FA’s still having gone yet, with Bourn, Lohse, Jackson and LaRoche all still there.  For some reason I feel Dan Haren is coming back to the NL, maybe back to STL even?


Pretty boring week for the hot stove really, need something to spice it up…


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