Yesterday’s blockbuster trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins sent shock-waves throughout baseball and a lot of bad feelings towards Marlins ownership. Yes, the Marlins spent a lot of money last off-season and all of those guys are gone. This deal has actually effected the Angels in a couple of different ways.
First of all, the Blue Jays become a threat to get one of the five playoff spots next season. Sure they don’t have a manager, however they have a lot of pieces to be an attractive landing spot for one. The Jays have a pretty good starting rotation if Josh Johnson and Ricky Romero can prove that they are healthy and Mark Buehrle pitches like himself. Jose Reyes, if he stays healthy, gives them a catalyst for the big bats that they have in that lineup hitting behind him. The Angels now have another team that they have to worry about for a wild card birth, besides the teams in their own division and the usual suspects in the AL East.Secondly, Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson may not be Angels today if not for the no no-trade clauses policy that the Marlins have. The Marlins were heavily in on Pujols and Wilson in the free agent market last year, and the major reason that Pujols didn’t sign there is the fact that they wouldn’t give out a no trade clause. They both may be Blue Jays right now if they had decided to sign with the Marlins last season. Maybe Pujols saw this kind of thing coming.
Things that other teams do effect what your team does. Whether it’s a trade, a free agent signing, or a team policy, you can see the ripple effect. For the Angels, they were both helped and hurt by the Marlins at the same time.