Christmas (…or Boxing Day?) has come early for Toronto Blue Jays fans. Just hours after word emerged that general manager Alex Anthopoulos was "itching" to pull off a trade for starting pitching, he (potentially*) pulled off one of the biggest trades in MLB history, acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck for a hodgepodge assortment of Blue Jays, young and old.
So what do Toronto fans think of their shiny new toys?
I think they like them.
At the moment, the trade has whopping 88% approval rating among the Bluebird Banter faithful. If they were to re-hold the presidential election today, I think it’s safe to assume that Anthopoulos would take all of Canada’s electoral votes in a landslide.
Here’s just a bit of the fan response for your perusal, because real-time reactions are the best:
I do suggest that some people put their clothes back on though. It can get cold up there...
As amazing and roster-shaking as this move is for both sides (sorry, Marlins fans), Anthopoulos may not be done yet. The Blue Jays still have four catchers on their 40-man roster, meaning that J.P. Arencibia, Bobby Wilson or the newly acquired John Buck could be on the move before too long (assuming Travis D’Arnaud’s place is safe).
*Still awaiting MLB approval, of course.