The Miami Marlins’ spending spree a year ago didn’t work, so now they’re trying another payroll purge, shedding some of their biggest stars and their multimillion-dollar salaries in one blockbuster deal.
Rebranded in a new ballpark at the start of 2012, the Marlins were up to their old ways Tuesday, swapping high-priced talent for top prospects. Miami traded All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and ace right-hander Josh Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the agreement said.
The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams weren’t officially commenting. The person said the trade sent several of the Toronto Blue Jays’ best young players south to Miami.
The players involved must undergo physicals before the trade becomes final.
Reyes has $96 million left on a deal that expires in 2018. Buehrle has $52 million remaining on a deal that expires in 2015.
Buehrle went 13-13 with a 3.74 ERA and topped 200 innings for the 12th year in a row. Reyes hit .287 with 40 steals in 160 games.
Johnson, who led the NL in ERA in 2010, went 8-14 this year with a 3.81 ERA. He was limited to nine starts in 2011 because of right shoulder inflammation.
MELVIN, JOHNSON WIN MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
Former Mariners skipper Bob Melvin, now with the Oakland Athletics, and Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals were named managers of the year Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons.
In the American League, Melvin got 16 first-place votes. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter got the other 12 firsts, and Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox finished third.
For the National League, Johnson received 23 of the 32 first-place votes. Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds got five firsts for second place, and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy was third.
DODGERS NAME STAFF
The Los Angeles Dodgers have retained most of their coaching staff for 2013, with John Valentin serving as assistant to new hitting coach Mark McGwire.
Don Mattingly returns for his third season as manager after guiding the team to an 86-76 record last season.
Chuck Crim will serve as bullpen coach, and Ken Howell moves from bullpen coach to assistant pitching coach.
Trey Hillman returns as bench coach, along with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach Davey Lopes, third base coach Tim Wallach, and coaches Manny Mota and Steve Yeager.
The Cubs reached a 1-year, $5.5 million deal with former Twins right-hander Scott Baker. … The Phillies agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen. … The Rockies hired former Colorado player Dante Bichette as their hitting instructor. … The Cardinals released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, who suffered from elbow and shoulder problems last season. Also, the team signed former Mariners catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract.