Blue Jays: Toronto/Miami Trade, Reviewed Eight Years Later

David Corcoran
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 17: Jose Reyes #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays is introduced at a press conference by general manager Alex Anthopoulos at Rogers Centre on January 17, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 17: Jose Reyes #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays is introduced at a press conference by general manager Alex Anthopoulos at Rogers Centre on January 17, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MAY 4: Lourdes Gurriel #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws out Adeiny Hechavarria #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on May 4, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MAY 4: Lourdes Gurriel #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws out Adeiny Hechavarria #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning of a baseball game at Tropicana Field on May 4, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

Position Player Pieces

Adeiny Hechavarria

The Blue Jays signed Adeiny Hechavarria as a 21-year old international free agent out of Cuba and almost immediately was identified as the best defensive infielder in the organization, even while in the minors.  Hechavarria had no trouble climbing through the Toronto ranks and made 41 appearances in the 2012 season.  After the trade to Miami, he immediately became the Marlins first-string shortstop for four years.  While the young Cuban does not come close to the offensive prowess that Jose Reyes had, the defensive side of the game was heavily favoured in Hechavarria’s direction.  He never had a fielding percentage below .977 with the Marlins, while Reyes never once reached that mark as he finished .974/.965/.953 in his three seasons with Toronto.

Since his four seasons with Miami, Hechavarria has bounced around the league with five different teams in the last four seasons and is currently a free agent.

Jake Marisnick
The last player of the deal was Jake Marisnick who the Blue Jays had drafted a few years prior and was showing a lot of promise through the minor leagues.  His biggest assets was his defensive side of the game and his base stealing ability.  In three minor league years, Marisnick was 84 for 104 in stolen base attempts.

With the Marlins he was called up during his first season and stole 11 bases in just 40 games, however, he was moved that offseason for some pitching help for the Marlins.  Marisnick would end up with the Houston Astros for five seasons where he played over 600 games.  In September of 2017, Marisnick fracture his thumb and missed out on the team infamously winning the World Series.

Marisnick ended up with the New York Mets during the 2020 season, however, spent multiple stints on the injured list due to hamstring injuries.  He will now be 30-years old going into the 2021 season and has over 700 career games where he has a slash line of .229/.281/.385.

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