Blue Jays Notes: Rentals, Payroll, Stroman, DeJong

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos spoke to reporters about several topics this afternoon, and Shi Davidi of has a recap…

  • Toronto will consider rentals players as they look to add pitching. "In a perfect world, I would always prefer to take on a player with more control," said the GM. "It just fits more with what we’re doing. But we aren’t ruling out short-term players as well."
  • Anthopoulos also acknowledged that they could take on payroll in the right situation. "If it’s a big trade and a big transaction for an impact player, especially someone that we control beyond this year, I don’t see there being any problems at all from that standpoint," he said.
  • "He’s probably the one guy I don’t know at this time the way that one’s going to go," said Anthopoulos about first rounder Marcus Stroman (Twitter link). Slot money for the 22nd overall pick is $1.8MM.
  • As for second rounder Chase DeJong, Anthopoulos said: "It's moving in the right direction, so I would expect that one to get done." Slot money for the 81st overall pick is $620K (Twitter link).

21 Responses to Blue Jays Notes: Rentals, Payroll, Stroman, DeJong Leave a Reply

  1. Goriax 3 years ago

    This is what I like to hear.

    Trade a few prospects that are at logjam positions for pitching. Lots of good names available right now and then the jays will have some pitching in place at the major league level to be able to allow kids like hutchison and alvarez proper time to develop without being rushed.

    • Wait, who are the players you hear that are available. Right now it sounds like there are very few good names on the market.  Garza is good.  That’s about all I have. 

  2. Budyzer 3 years ago

    I’m sure AA is gonna exhaust every avenue to improve this team

  3. chreeschan 3 years ago

    Strohman won’t sign, book it.

  4. sdsuphilip 3 years ago

    Blue Jays shouldn’t be making any serious moves to go for it this year, their team just isn’t good enough in the AL East, getting guys that help this year for cheap makes sense but if you give up significant prospects need to be for someone that will still be around and playing well in 3 years

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

       you can improve the team this year and in the future with the same move..

      like acquiring Rasmus and Escobar the last few years

    • A number of rental players would not mean they were mortaging the future. IT might even represent an attempt to protect the development path of some of their prospects and arms.

  5. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    This guy gets more quotes on mlbtr than anyone. Does the Toronto media shove AA down everyone’s throat, or does he just like to talk?

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago


    • problem is that he doesn’t really say much (in terms of content) when he talks. So even if you get a lot of sound bytes, you often don’t really get a lot of interesting information.   (stuff on draft picks IS interesting).

  6. jedicouncil 3 years ago

    not too sure about that, he fell further than he probably expected to (in a weak draft year), and it wasnt due to signability issues.  AA is probably going slot at most with him to try to sign post round 10 picks.  hes got a great arm but AA wont overpay, he will take the choice next year if hes not happy.

    • mistgl 3 years ago

       This was the comp pick for Tyler Beede. You don’t get a comp pick for a comp pick. If you fail to sign him, then that pick is gone for ever.

      • TtDsufc 3 years ago

         New CBA retroactively gives two years of cover on a pick.  Jays can not sign Stroman and get a third shot next year.

  7. after hearing the troubles of the rockies and that they need to start fresh and rebuild, while at the same time maybe looking to freeing up money, maybe this would be a good time to try to pry away cargo from them.

    i heard they wanted to shed payroll, seeing as they will not be contending for a while, so maybe a package of 2 top 5 prospects + 1 mid + 1 MLB player maybe enough. also i believe they are very weak on the pitching prospects front and we are loaded with pitching prospects so the a deal between the two isn’t out of the question.

    this may also be the  “Anthopoulos also acknowledged that they could take on payroll in the right situation” AA was referring to.

  8. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Holding his own at the plate with plus defense at the hot corner as a 22 year old

    you’re so smrt 

  9. HerbertAnchovy 3 years ago

    And that is exactly why AA is a GM and you are not. The guy is a 5-tool player. He just doesn’t get the hype like Harper or Trout.

     He’s only 22, and I think we’re only seeing the beginning of what’s to come.

  10. Steelslayer 3 years ago

    Lawrie IS going to be a star dude, and so could Snider still.  I will gladly hold both of them

  11. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

     umm yes.. he’s tops of the WAR charts almost solely because of his defense.

    it might normalize, but he’s an above average 3B.

  12.  actually he’s at the top because when the jays shift the balls usually get hit to him. but he is still great defensively at 3B, just not sure what his real defWAR would be if you take out those plays and only count the one’s fielded at 3B

  13. johnsmith4 3 years ago

    Maybe for bWAR.  But, not for fWAR.

  14. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    that is one of the most ridiculous things i’ve ever read. 

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