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In an article about the trade from how it affects the Red Sox, the question is leveled, did the Blue Jays really choose the most efficient way to improve their team? Take a look:
“Imagine owing $41 million to Reyes and Buehrle alone in 2015. Surely, Boston could find a better way to spend approximately $165 million in salary, the amount taken on by the Blue Jays, while hanging on to its top prospects.
Salaries Guaranteed in 2015, AL East In millions
Blue Jays $79.0
Red Sox $12.8
That total includes $45 million for 2013. While Boston won’t find a shortstop of Reyes’ talent, there’s no reason Ben Cherington can’t find more attractive solutions. In theory, Hiroki Kuroda, Dan Haren, Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli all could be added for about $45 million in 2013, all on shorter deals than Buehrle and Reyes have.
Why would the Red Sox make the slate-cleaning deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers only to bring in lesser talent on bad contracts? Don’t forget that the Blue Jays gave up their No. 2 (Jake Marisnick), No. 5 (Justin Nicolino) and No. 8 (Adeiny Hechavarria) prospects, according to Baseball America. Boston’s equivalently ranked prospects are Jackie Bradley Jr., Henry Owens and Bryce Brentz. Surely, MLB talent (Felix Doubront?) also would have been included.
There’s no reason for Boston to empty the farm as free agency looms. The Blue Jays will be lauded for ponying up the cash to compete. But it’s unclear why this is better than just signing Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.”