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Jeff Blair on the Blue Jays' blockbuster deal

In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, Miami Marlins' Josh Johnson pitches in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia.

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins shocked the baseball world Tuesday night as news leaked that the two teams have agreed on a massive 12-player swap.

The Jays would land starting pitching in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, all-star shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck and second baseman-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. In return it would appear the Blue Jays will be surrendering shortstop Yunel Escobar, prized Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, and backup catcher Jeff Mathis from their 25-man roster. In addition, the Blue Jays will be sending a couple of highly regarded minor-league prospects to the Marlins in pitchers Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani, along with minor-league outfielder Jake Marisnick.

Globe and Mail columnist Jeff Blair will be here live this afternoon at 1 p.m. to take your questions on the trade.

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