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Toronto Blue Jays: The familiar faces in the NL East

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TORONTO - APRIL 12: A view of Rogers Centre and the CN Tower as fans enter for the match between the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 12, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
TORONTO - APRIL 12: A view of Rogers Centre and the CN Tower as fans enter for the match between the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 12, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 01: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins singles in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on September 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 01: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins singles in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Marlins Park on September 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Miami Marlins

Ryne Stanek was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen from 2018-19 and was used multiple times as an opener. It was a trend that was started by the Rays, and the right-hander faced the Blue Jays on multiple occasions. He was traded to the Marlins at last year’s deadline.

In the offseason, the Marlins surprised many by trading for Jonathan Villar who was on the Orioles last season. The speedy outfielder had a resurgent season in Baltimore, and will look to do the same with his new club.

Does anyone remember Jon Berti? The guy the Blue Jays called up for four games in the 2018 season? Well, he’s a member of the Marlins now and has been since last season where he actually did quite well, especially for a guy who spent nine years in the minor leagues trying to reach the big leagues.

Despite never reaching the big leagues with the Blue Jays organization, Harold Ramirez was in the minor league system and had been an option the Jays were considering for their outfield when they had him. Ramirez was acquired from the Pirates along with Reese McGuire and Francisco Liriano for Drew Hutchison, one of the best trades done by the current front office. When he became a free agent, the Blue Jays tried to bring him back offering him more money than any team but signed with the Marlins as he felt that was his best path to reach the major leagues.

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