Anthopoulos Talks Offseason Plans

With the Blue Jays entering Sunday mired in a five-game losing streak and occupying last place in the AL East behind the dysfunctional Red Sox, GM Alex Anthopoulos met with reporters prior to his team's victory over the Yankees. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet has the details from the press conference.

  • Anthopoulos believes Toronto's strengths lie in its potent offense and rebuilt bullpen. "You know for the most part this is going to be a very good, deep offensive team, and we'll have some young kids behind some of these guys for depth. Offensively, I feel very good about it." The 35-year-old general manager went as far as to say his team's bullpen and offense, when healthy, have the makings of being "championship caliber."
  • Toronto's starting rotation has been an area of concern for Anthopoulos as his starters have struggled with myriad health issues and performance on the field. With Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison set to miss a portion or all of next season, the team may be looking to add as many as three new arms into the rotation to complement Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow.
  • While the Blue Jays are clearly in need of a few starters to bolster their pitching staff, Anthopoulos says he'll be able to devote his entire winter to improving the team's rotation unlike in years past. "… It's a lot easier going into an off-season when you have really one area to really attack, and every trade dialogue, every free-agent dialogue, can be geared to one area rather than having 40 balls in the air and having to fill three spots in the bullpen, two spots in the rotation, two position players," said Anthopoulos. 

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  1. Budyzer 3 years ago

    We will see ! I have zero faith that the jays will sign anything but low budget stop gaps in the off season and try and spin it as guys we really like …. I hope Rogers cuts AA some breathing room and they get the payroll up to atleast 110-120 mil or the starters they get will be meatballers

    • $22264602 3 years ago

      You realize trades are another way of aquiring high end pitching right?

      • Budyzer 3 years ago

        No really ! The closing line of the post was about signing free agents. And even if a trade was the way AA was to go as is his stated preference you still have to pay that players salary and if it’s a high end pitcher then guess what he is getting 15 – 20 million do the jays pay that …. Not as of yet

  2. bigpat 3 years ago

    blah blah blah, fill the military tank-sized hole in your rotation then we’ll see how good they will be next seson

  3. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    time to start using the farm system to bring in some talent.

    hopefully they can bring in a top of the rotation starter and a LFer maybe someone like Choo

    • $22264602 3 years ago

      How about bourn? Move Rasmus to left. Although i have a feeling the Yanks will be all over that

      • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

        but i want choo so bad

      • Al_Oliver 3 years ago

        Rasmus is staying exactly where he is… the 1st player in the OF to move should be Bautista to 1B and that’s for the following year or beyond.

  4. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    More yapping from AA.
    I can tell what’s going to happen this offseason.
    Sign couple of mediocre starting pitchers and that’s it.
    We clearly need a LF, 2B and 2 starters and an ACE. There is no way AA fills all that without spending. And spending is not something he is going to do. Be prepared going in to 2013 with AAA lineup of players.

    • Morley C 3 years ago

      If you don’t like it, you can always just stop following the team.

  5. bluejayspwn 3 years ago

    marcum , dempster are options in the off season

  6. bluejayspwn 3 years ago

    i know hes old but our outfield prospects haven’t shown much offensivley other than sierra , why dont we make a go at torii hunter even though hes got a short list of teams

  7. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I’d still like explanations on his 2012 dealings.

  8. Ikannoka 3 years ago

    Get Halladay. PHI is the time to rebuild. Jays has chance to rejoin the former The Ace.

  9. john12121212 3 years ago

    I’m getting tired of him…same ole same ole, time to DELiVER AA !

    • Morley C 3 years ago

      How is the “same ole same ole”? When has he ever come out and said that they planned on competing seriously?

  10. gorlak357 3 years ago

    My only concern regarding AA is that his patience may be his downfall. This offense will only last so long and bringing in back of the rotation starters while waiting on prospects will not work. Sometimes you have to overpay to get the guy that puts a team over the top and waiting to find the perfect deal may result in no deal at all.

  11. Runtime 3 years ago

    What boggles my mind is:

    Morrow still leads the AL in SHOs

  12. Goriax 3 years ago

    Dear Alex,,,, no one believes you at all.

    Jays fans/

  13. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    The Jays need some healthy top flight starters. They won’t be easy to come by. I like Garza for them, that seems like a realistic trade target, that is if Garza’s injury isn’t serious.

    They should bring in some second-chance pitchers, preferably ones that still have some team control left, for depth. Also take a chance on any AAA pitchers that are blocked that could be of some use, even if that ends up being a month or two.

    Make a serious push for Greinke and Edwin Jackson. Get Romero back on track. Every deal from here on out includes a pitcher be thrown in to add depth and maybe get lucky with having one or two them develop into something.

  14. Travis snider has a .333 avg and 5 RBIs since being traded.

  15. Howard 3 years ago

    I like this… means we have more money and targets this off season for starting pitchers… we need to get another ace caliber starter no doubt about it. Even someone better than Romero if we can… then we can have the #1 starter, Romero, Morrow, Alvarez and whoever lands the 5th spot – Villaneuva, Cecil, Hutchinson or Drabek…

  16. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    marcum was pretty awful vs al east opponents. I mean i’d take him because he’s a clear upgrade over whatever we have at 4/5. but if he’s the ‘big’ addition, thats pretty meh

  17. bluejayspwn 3 years ago

    marcums better than almost our whole rotation he would be a good #3 starter

  18. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    I would think that the amount of prospects he gave away for Happ and other middling reliever would have got you something substantial.
    I mean come on, we gave away:
    Travis Snider
    Eric Thames
    Joe Musgrove
    Asher Wojowsbbqwtf
    Carlos Perez
    For a #5 starter and some relievers. Relievers can be signed FA every season, just look at Tampa Bay effectively remaking their bullpen every year. I am thinking money is HUGE issue here.

  19. $22264602 3 years ago

    The A’s? They have an abundance of young pitching , and also don;t seem shy about dealing from an area of strength

  20. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    cordero cost only money, so thats a move that i’d like my gm to make.

    I meant the trades he made, moving prospects to bring in lyon, lincoln and happ.

  21. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    I considered Carlos Perez our top 10 prospect. He had a legit chance of being an everyday catcher.

  22. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    snider can’t hit lefties? since when

  23. $22264602 3 years ago

    You don’t think they would listen on a deal involving D’arnaud? The Jays can afford to lose hitting , the A’s can afford to lose pitching , they match up perfectly

  24. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    jays can’t afford to trade d’arnaud when our current catcher can’t get on base more than 30% of the time

  25. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    irregardless of timing, you moving organizational depth that could end up being everyday major leaguers for relievers and #5 starters is pretty useless.

    at best its a lateral move, at worst its well, terrible.

  26. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    small sample size..

    there are no lefties in the minors like the lefties in the majors, he was never given time to adjust.

    he’s hit lefties really well this year, granted in a small sample size, but still.

  27. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    just because jimenez is better doesn’t mean anything for perez

  28. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    ya i’d move JPA. his defense has gotten much better, he still has some trade value. young cheap and has power

  29. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I knew Snider was going to get traded, I thought he’d bring back more.

    I like lyon but he’s a free agent, Lincoln’s not bad but relievers are so up and down I have a hard time justifying trading any position player or a prospect with any upside for someone who is going to give you 50-60 innings.

  30. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    what has Gose shown you to suggest he’s ready for 500 major league AB’s though? Same with Hech, Sierra

    and despite him having his best game ever, Davis.

  31. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    he’s cheap and controllable, so there’s value in that.

    because of the power he still ranks better than about 40% of everyday catchers offensively. shockingly some teams have it much worse

  32. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    I agree with that. Reality is, Jose is going to eventually start slowing down. so the window is closing..

    I’d throw everything and the kitchen sink at Grienke first and foremost. Trade for Choo, sign stephen drew to play 2B. and hope that morrow builds off this year and romero remembers how to throw strikes.

  33. $22264602 3 years ago

    We need pitching more then we need offense? Why not swap prospects with a team who needs hitting?

  34. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Angels still have a lot of payroll, jays should have no problem beating them on a deal and Grienkes the type of guy you do it for.

    but of course he could take less and stay in LA.

    will be interesting though.

  35. $22264602 3 years ago

    Jemile weeks and Jarrod parker for D’arnaud, Hechavarria and Nicolino

  36. Morley C 3 years ago

    Yeah, but why bother reading the article when you can just make silly comments about it?

  37. $22264602 3 years ago

    I’m sure they won’t have a problem with adding D’arnaud to that competition, if we can even call it that

  38. bigpat 3 years ago

    Well they had the exact same problem coming into this season and it’s taking him two years to address it, am I wrong? Rasmus and EE were very good additions but I don’t feel like their O is good enough to make up for their pitching issues. They need a top 2 guy and probably an innings eater as well, they better get to work. Matt Garza is an absolute perfect fit, though he is a little dinged up this year, he usually provides at least 200 quality innings.

  39. baseballz 3 years ago

    D’arnaud, Hechavarria and Nicolino would have to get you Brett Anderson, Parker and Brad Peacock and Grant Green I would think. Weeks can’t hit his way out of a paper bag, id rather resign KJ and the Jays would have to get at least two starters out of the deal and a LF with Peacock being very close to contributing as well.

    D’arnaud is one of the best catching prospect in the minors, he’s not gonna get paired with two other blue chippers to land Parker and a throw in guy like Weeks.

  40. You do realize that they were leading the majors is runs scored until they ran into a rash of injuries that leaves them with only EE as a healthy everyday player dont you? And that includes the time they were without Bautista.

  41. Al_Oliver 3 years ago

    Sierra is hitting fine, it’s the rest of his game that needs improvement (baserunning, fielding, game-awareness)

  42. Al_Oliver 3 years ago

    I don’t know about your off-the-wall metaphor (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but the other players mentioned have shown legitimate concerns being able to hit at this level. SSS aside, Sierra is hitting more than fine. Is that better?

  43. Al_Oliver 3 years ago

    Ha. I knew there was more evidence to come… I do agree, but when Bautista comes off the DL I would consider leaving Sierra up and sending Gose down. Gose and Hechavarria both need further work, as you mentioned.

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