Anthopoulos Talks Offseason Approach, Closers, CBA

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos spoke to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi at the GM meetings and commented on a few hot stove issues. Here are some highlights:

  • Anthopoulos said there are still so many options available that he doesn't expect to be too active this week, since it would close the door on too many other possibilities.
  • The Jays are doing their due diligence on closers, having looked into health records for a few of the big-name free agents. However, Anthopoulos hasn't found any deals to his liking yet: "Some of them I'm fine with the terms and I'm not fine with the dollars, some of them I'm fine with the dollars and not fine with the terms."
  • Anthopoulos is very wary of making the mistake of signing or taking on a bad contract, since that would limit his freedom for other roster changes: "Cash, spots open on the roster, I think for the most part we have tradable players, tradable contracts. We've got the ability to go in a lot of directions."
  • We heard earlier today that free agent compensation could be modified this offseason as part of the new CBA, which could hurt the Blue Jays' chances of landing draft picks. But Anthopoulos thinks "the league is going to consider their impact on clubs" and isn't worried about the changes.
  • Davidi indicates the Jays' desire for a closer may be slightly overblown. He says the club would like to have one guy for the ninth rather than an ever-changing rotation of arms like they had last year with Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and others. However, they're not interested in committing to any reliever for the four years that Jonathan Papelbon received from the Phillies.


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66 Comments on "Anthopoulos Talks Offseason Approach, Closers, CBA"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I hope the Blue Jays somehow win the Wildcard or Division next year.. Wish KJ the best he was a good guy to have in our clubhouse, now we got Johnny Mac and Hill who I both love so far.

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Howard
3 years 7 months ago

 I’m hoping Wild Card is possible, we’ll see. Trade Upton over we’ll give you Snider, Cecil and Teahan lol with cash? lol

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

HELL NAH! haha nice try though

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PJaysW
3 years 7 months ago

yea, you better hope Hill doesn’t revert to the heaping pile of suck.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

same with Johnson to you.

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hurley55
3 years 7 months ago

Hopefully they don’t eliminate type B compensation…at least not until next year, AA could get as many as 6 picks for Johnson (A), Rauch (B), Molina (B), Camp (B), and Francisco (B).  Hopefully he has hand-shake agreements with Rauch and Camp tho, as they would probably accept arb.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

would be completely unfair if they made any changes in the middle of an offseason.

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3 years 7 months ago

They wouldn’t change type B, as far as I know.  Reports have been about Type A pick compensation changing, as I think it should.  There was no way that Jason Frasor was going to have a team offer up a 1st round pick for him last offseason, and that’s pretty telling that something needs to be changed.  Players ranked type A should be worth an
“A” prospect – a first round draft pick. 

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hurley55
3 years 7 months ago

Joel Sherman hears from officials that “they expect compensation for type-B free agents to be eliminated this offseason”  

This would be so dumb, cause GMs like AA acquire players solely based on their type B status. How can they even implement it so quickly with the deadline to offer arbitration coming up so soon?

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Frank Drebin
3 years 7 months ago

Awww. That’s sad, really.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Sherman just tweeted that type-B won’t change for this off-season.

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alxn
3 years 7 months ago

“This would be so dumb, cause GMs like AA acquire players solely based on their type B status.”

And that’s exactly why they’re eliminating it. Every team was aware that the CBA was up this off-season and that compensation would be a topic of discussion.

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3 years 7 months ago

Just sign someone good.  Please.  I love you AA, I really, really, love you, but I just want you to make a risk on a closer.  Just sign Madson or Bell.  I know this is irrational but I’m tired and a big name would give the Jays’ bullpen some weight.  I can’t take another year like last year, it hurt too much.

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hurley55
3 years 7 months ago

why would AA give up his prized 17th pick for a closer…If we had our first rounder protected I would be on board with this, but no. Why not sign a guy like Nathan?

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Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

Nathen would make a lot of sense and i dont think he is asking for a lot of years

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grownice
3 years 7 months ago

 Agreed. Id prefer broxton, but either or would help solidify the closer spot, and Janssen could be the set up/ back up closer if they struggle.

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Bombastic_Dave
3 years 7 months ago

How many years do you think 36 year old Joe Nathan figures to be a reliable ninth-inning arm?  I’d rather run up young kids who can develop into franchise players, even if some of them don’t pan out.  

I think AA and his army of scouts have it right.

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BumWino
3 years 7 months ago

While I sympathize with you, Matt, I think you would be well-advised to try to reach way down deep and grab a great, big handful of guts.  This is quite likely the only way you will achieve personal equilibrium and be at one with the universe.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I think its safe to assume that there will be trades involving the Jays this offseason.

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smokinjays
3 years 7 months ago

What an outlandish prediction!

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riverite10
3 years 7 months ago

Time to spend some money AA. I don’t care how many titles New Hampshire wins, finishing fourth every year is getting old.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Agree. It’s a risk, but I would be fully behind the Jays paying up for Prince Fielder. Jose Bautista and Prince Fielder would put us up there with having the best 3-4 hitters for the next half decade. 

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Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 7 months ago

if you do that though you lose the pick AND AA has said he doesnt want to give out big deals long term and he loves his draft picks so i dont think they will get fielder

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I’m rather certain the draft pick has absolutely no relevance to a potential Prince Fielder signing.  It would be all about contract length/dollars.

Member
3 years 7 months ago

You’re aware that it’s certain to get even older if he makes it his goal to spend money for the sake of it, right?

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riverite10
3 years 7 months ago

How does signing Fielder make them worse? Please don’t tell me about losing draft picks. I’ve been a Jays fan a long time, the whole wait for 3 years from now line is getting pretty old. I am big fan of AA but at what point do you start trying to win in the majors?

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Your first mistake is that you’re assuming that Fielder is willing to play here.. If  the free agency market was as easy as going shopping, then you may  have a point, but its not and there needs to be mutual interest.

Secondly, the jays ranked near the top of the AL in terms of offense, add to that a full year of Lawrie, Rasmus, and a new second baseman, with progression coming from the catching and left field positions, its pretty safe to assume the offense next year will be even better than this years version.

So why go out and overspend on offense on a 1 dimensional player whos contract may come back to haunt you, when pitching is still the biggest concern? and now you can go ahead and yell out  ‘WELL SIGN WILSON THEN’

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vilifyingforce
3 years 7 months ago

I still can’t believe he traded our ACE for a damned prospect. When will AA try to win now? Prospects don’t help us win NOW!

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

drunk jay clarity on mlbtr, love it.

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riverite10
3 years 7 months ago

The same drunk jays fan that thinks Travis Snider is the greatest baseball player on the planet? Lol

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

yes because defending a 23 year old with 700 career PA would be the dumb thing to do right?

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FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

oh dear, he’s been doing it for TWO WHOLE YEARS? How has he NOT made the playoffs yet?

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

its a proven fact that all good GM’s win the world series within 1 year of being hired.

Its science.

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Frank Drebin
3 years 7 months ago

You’re in the AL East. Hello, reality.

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BumWino
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you so much, Frank, for one of the greatest quotes in movie history.

“Shot in the head?  What a horrible way to go.  Really, really horrible.  When I go, I want to get dropped out of a helicopter from 1,000 feet, or get chewed up by one of those giant snow blowers that clear mountain roads, or get my nuts chewed off by a Laplander.”