Angels catching legend Jeff Mathis is the centerpiece of a trade sending Lyle Spencer and Mike Scioscia's all time favorite player from Toronto to Miami for Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.
A few other players will be heading to the Marlins from the Blue Jays, including some prospects, but Lyle Spencer assured us all from his perch in the pressbox writing for MLB.COM in 2011 that Mathis was the the man who got the 27 outs of every pitcher he caught.
The Marlins are also sending $4million to Toronto to pay for a few weeks of mourning that the nation of Canada is sure to undergo after losing the Lylage Messiah himself to the panhandle Loria circus.
Was there ever any doubt that the Angels erred in sending the god-like Mathis to Toronto for Starting Pitcher Brad Mills last December 3? Now the regret of what might have been will sting with every out a Marlins pitcher records when Jeff Mathis magic Catcher's Earned Run Average (CERA) makes that out occur. Every Marlin Win in 2013, and three are sure to be at least twenty of hem, will come by way of the glove or bat of Mendoza-Line Mathis.
USA TODAY summarized the TWELVE-PLAYER trade:
Going to the Blue Jays: Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, infielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck, along with a reported $4 million cash.
Coming back to the Marlins: shortstop Yunel Escobar, starter Henderson Alvarez, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis, minor league pitchers Justin Nicolino and Anthony Desclafani and minor league outfielder Jake Marisnick.
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