Quick Hits: Anthopoulos, O’s, Burnett, Padres, Tanaka

Some executives have become more guarded in trade discussions with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports. Griffin says he spoke with one executive at the Winter Meetings who disclosed that rival GMs believe Anthopoulos sometimes talks trades merely for the purpose of gathering information. Anthopoulos reportedly expressed surprise after learning that the Tigers had dealt Doug Fister to the Nationals in November, indicating that he would have liked to submit an offer. "Would he have been given the opportunity two years ago? Perhaps," Griffin writes. Here are more late-night links from around the majors:


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28 Comments on "Quick Hits: Anthopoulos, O’s, Burnett, Padres, Tanaka"


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edwing
1 year 6 months ago

I think it’s ridiculous to dump on anthopolous for not picking up fister. There’s a bunch of other teams who need arms too. You can fault him for some mistakes but not landing fister isn’t one of them

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ziggy13
1 year 6 months ago

Agreed. It’s amazing to see people freaking out about something like this. News flash, there are 30 teams, you can’t make every trade you’d like

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rikersbeard
1 year 6 months ago

Not to mention that DD more or less said that he had something very particular in mind for what he wanted. The implication has been the jays didn’t match that narrow interest. If DD wanted the most value he would have shopped Fister around.

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kungfucampby
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah pretty much any team could have matched the Nationals’ offer. Dombrowski really wanted what the Nationals were selling (why remains a mystery but whatever).

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itstheduke
1 year 6 months ago

You’re probably right, but the main tenor of Griffin’s article, which I agree with, is that AA has been a major disappointment thus far. Boy wonder? Savant? Hardly. (unloading Wells’ contract was by far his best move but I think that had more to do with Reagins and Moreno than AA).

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Gary Kimbrel
1 year 6 months ago

Boy wonder? No way. But he’s built a solid draft process. Maybe the development side of it needs some work, I’m not part of the club so I dunno, but St. Louis wasn’t built in a day. In this market, getting those cheap years is the precursor to success. I think he made his position especially difficult by going for short term and long term success, but the potential revenue is there, so why not. Let’s be gamblers for 2 more years, while we have some team friendly contracts

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itstheduke
1 year 6 months ago

Yes I think you’re quite right — his strength is definitely in the drafting department, and that’s where the Jays should have installed him. He has neither the personality nor the skill set to be GM.

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double m
1 year 6 months ago

Well nobody listens to Griffin anyway, I wouldn’t get to worked up about. Lately he seems to be taking a page from a supermarket tabloid.

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Runtime
1 year 6 months ago

Griffin wishes he was Bob Elliot.

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ice_hawk10
1 year 6 months ago

Except he doesn’t have Elliott’s drinking bud…. er… mlb contacts.

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Fleer Carll
1 year 6 months ago

There is hardly anything going on right now. He must be pretty desperate for material.

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WazBazbo
1 year 6 months ago

I’m very sure to the core of my soul that NO other GM ever discusses anything for the purpose of gathering information…

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Ice Cream Jonsey
1 year 6 months ago

To come away with that haul for Fister and shut Anthopolous out completely should be a terminable offense. Nice work, Dombrowski. You should trade Miggy next and only talk to the guy running the Mud Hens.

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King Kyle
1 year 6 months ago

Wouldn’t that be his boss or someone like that since the Mud Hens are apart of the same organization?

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Ice Cream Jonsey
1 year 6 months ago

I think I basically picked the one organization in the universe where that joke wouldn’t work. Whoops. :)

(Man, I really lost touch with the International League.)

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Rodrigo Díaz
1 year 6 months ago

Spoiler: Blue Jays steal signs during trade negotiations.