Alex Anthopoulos, Talkin’ Jays Baseball

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos held a press conference with several reporters this afternoon to discuss the club's offseason strategy.  Toronto's FAN 590 has the audio.  Here are some of the highlights…

  • There is no "defined number" for payroll next season and ownership is prepared to provide funds if the right "baseball opportunity" arises.
  • Anthopoulos believes the Jays "can be up there with the Anaheims and the Chicagos, and even the Bostons" with a "sustained model of success" and financial backing from ownership.
  • But he thinks building a team through free agency isn't the way to go.  Building a core through good drafting and scouting is the strategy Toronto will try to employ.
  • Anthopoulos is actively involved in trade talks and with free agents to improve the team, but won't do anything to jeopardize the future makeup of the club.
  • He has been aware of the availability of every player that has been traded so far this offseason, and directly involved with talks for some.
  • Anthopoulos said he has to be open minded about listening to trades for Roy Halladay this winter, but that Roy is "a guy we want to have here."
  • That said, Halladay "wants to win" and the Blue Jays were a 75-win team last year. "We haven't met his criteria for winning… and his timeline for winning might not match ours."  A contract extension seems unlikely.
  • The Blue Jays are "not actively shopping" any of their current players at this moment.

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