Marlins-Blue Jays trade reaction 

November, 14, 2012
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While the outrage from baseball observers and Miami Marlins fans (and a few of their remaining players) to Tuesday's one-sided trade between the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays is palpable, fantasy-wise there's only one player that is significant in mixed leagues for 2013 involved, and the value for shortstop Jose Reyes really isn't altered much.

There are plenty of reasons to believe Reyes, who I consider the No. 4 fantasy shortstop and a top-30 player overall (colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft ranks him 42nd overall), will continue his productivity in the AL East, and perhaps even improve it some in a more favorable home ballpark and hitter's league. Reyes finished the 2012 season as fantasy's top shortstop, and he was better in the second half of the season. Assuming Reyes will hit leadoff for the Blue Jays, if he plays in 140-plus games (which is no sure thing despite his good health in 2012), he should be good for double-digit home runs, 40-plus steals and 100-plus runs scored.

[+] EnlargeEmilio Bonifacio
Al Diaz/Miami Herald/Getty ImagesEmilio Bonifacio had 30 steals in just 64 games for the Marlins this season.
The Blue Jays received numerous other major league-level options, but it's tough to make the case their fantasy value improves. Emilio Bonifacio was an elite base stealer while active in 2012, and should be again in 2013, assuming he can stay on the field. He played in only 64 games in 2012. He'll start 2013 with outfield eligibility only, and could be installed at second base for Toronto (as could recent acquisition Maicer Izturis) or in the outfield. Adding middle-infield eligibility would be a nice added fantasy benefit. Bonifacio is a draft-worthy player because he could steal 50 bases next year and, as with Reyes, there's the perception he will score more runs thanks to the players behind him in the lineup (Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie). I generally don't buy that argument about lineups -- the Marlins had Giancarlo Stanton, who is certainly no slouch -- but regardless, Bonifacio retains his fantasy value.

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