MIAMI - A person familiar with the deal says the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Josh Johnson in a trade with the Miami Marlins.
The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the teams weren't commenting amid talk they had agreed to a blockbuster deal.
According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays are set to acquire Johnson and fellow starter Mark Buehrle, all-star shortstop Jose Reyes, infielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck from the Marlins.
Miami would receive a package that includes shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, major-league starter Henderson Alvarez, a catcher and prospects.
When reached by the Canadian Press, a spokesman for the Toronto Blue Jays declined comment.
Johnson, who led the NL in ERA in 2010, went 8-14 this year with a 3.81 ERA for the Marlins, who endured a dismal season in their new ballpark and began dismantling the team in July.
Johnson was limited to nine starts in 2011 because of right shoulder inflammation.