Acquired: Juan Rivera, Frank Francisco, Rajai Davis.

Lost: Vernon Wells, RHP Trystan Magnuson,  RHP Daniel Farquhar, RHP Kevin Gregg.


CF Corey Patterson
SS Yunel Escobar
RF Jose Bautista
1B Adam Lind
2B Aaron Hill
DH Juan Rivera
LF Travis Snider
3B Jayson Nix
C J.P. Arencibia

LHP Ricky Romero
RHP Kyle Drabek
LHP Brett Cecil
RHP Jesse Litsch
LHP Jo-Jo Reyes

CL Frank Francisco/Jon Rauch

For the Blue Jays, the offseason was notable not for who they acquired, but for who they were able to trade. Somehow, some way, Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos was able to find somebody desperate enough to trade for Vernon Wells and all of the four years and $86 million left on the $126 million, seven-year contract he signed with Toronto.

That somebody was Angels GM Tony Reagins, who at some point in the last two or three years must have suffered a debilitating stroke. Because there’s no rationalizing the Wells trade. It was that bad — and that big a coup for Anthopoulos. The fact that the Blue Jays GM was able to land two productive players — Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera — and then swap Napoli for reliever Frank Francisco was gravy.

Beyond the Wells trade, Toronto was able to promote a couple of talented prospects in J.P. Arencibia and Kyle Drabek. And that’s neat. It’s also cool that they got some more talented youngsters by trading Shaun Marcum. But all of that pales compared to the genius stroke that was getting out from under Wells’ contract.

Grade: A+

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