Blue Jays Offseason Rumours – November 6, 2012

A few odds and ends, including an interesting (and depressing) quote from Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos:

-Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos acknowledged to Shi Davidi of that his priorities this winter are pitching, second base, and left field. “There’s no question the priority is definitely in the rotation, with the dollars we have available, we have to be creative,” he said. “Our payroll is going to be up from what it was last year but it doesn’t mean it’s a bottomless pit, there is a limit and there is an area we can go to.”

QUICK TAKE: Well we all knew this was coming as AA pours some water on the fire that is fans offseason expectations.  To which I say damnit.  Rogers profits are higher than the “Yankees” empire’s revenues – read that one again.  Put some money into the team, Toronto is not a small market and if you want to treat the team as such you will have a seriously disappointed fanbase.

Oh yeah, and that quote basically means forget Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Adam Laroche, Josh Hamilton etc.  By “getting creative” I think we are more realistically looking at bringing damaged goods or retreads in hopes of a resurgence. 

-Former MLB manager and player Art Howe told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that he’d like to manage the Blue Jays. The 65-year-old has some connections in Toronto and says the Blue Jays can compete before long. “They have some nice talent and were very competitive until they fell off with those injuries to their position players,” Howe told Elliott.

Shi Davidi of reported yesterday that the Blue Jays are in no rush to find a manager. They’ll resume their search following this week’s GM Meetings.


4 Responses to “Blue Jays Offseason Rumours – November 6, 2012”

  1. 1 May 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

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  2. 2 budyzer13 November 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Why is everyone surprised ? To sign a couple top of the rotation pitchers even at a bargain price say 10 million each (which is apparently what Edwin Jackson is looking for) added to they jays payroll of 85 mil that is 105 million. And that’s not including any other piece like second base or left field that the jays need. I’m not even gonna dream of getting a slugging first baseman cause we all know Lind will be there next season ! I have no doubt that when AA talks about having more money to spend he is referring to the extra 5 million rogers is gonna allow him to spend ! Corporate ownership should be banned as corporation are only in it to earn money and have zero real interest in baseball. No heart No desire to win championships just turn a profit. I’m glad I switched to telus ! My tv , Internet , cell , home phone the whole works. Why would I support a company that can’t support our only baseball team. And AA is a corporate stooge just towing the company line instead of fighting to get more money out of his multi billionaire owners.

  3. 3 Wes Kepstro November 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I take solace in the fact that Jon Daniels was hired in ’05 and the Rangers won 79, 80, 75, and 79 games over the next four seasons. They had opening day payrolls that ranked 22nd, 18th, 21st, 21st, 22nd, 27th, and 13th from ’05 until ’11.

    Sure I’d like to see a splashy move or two (like Anibal Sanchez and EJax), but it isn’t necessary. You never know when a Josh Hamilton-type player is going to come along and send the rebuild into overdrive. TEX took a pretty big chance on him after he tried to destroy his career and his life. Edinson Volquez was a pretty good prospect, ranking #56 the year before the trade, and TEX needed pitching. It seems counter-intuitive to trade pitching at a time like that…

    Anyways, it seems as if there were two key moves for TEX: dumping ARod, and trading Mark Teixeira to ATL. One move gave them greater financial freedom, while the other gave them a boatload of prospects/players (I still can’t believe their haul…). Is it time to trade Jose Bautista, while he’s still a fantastic bargain?

    • 4 @ALEastbound November 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

      True they laid a nice foundation but there ownership change really sparked an increase in spending. Blue Jays have a solid base as we know. Decent core, great farm system but we need MLB ready arms in a wide open division.

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