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:
- Young pitcher Kevin Gausman headlines Rich Dubroff's list of reasons for optimism for Orioles fans in an article at CSN Baltimore.
- Jake Dal Porto of Beyond the Box Score examines the sinker that revived A.J. Burnett's career in 2013.
- Padres GM Josh Byrnes says his team remains in the market for at least one bullpen arm, Corey Brock of MLB.com tweets. The Friars officially announced their agreement with Joaquin Benoit earlier this evening.
- A talent evaluator tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com (via Twitter) that Masahiro Tanaka's control and "off the charts" splitter separate him from Daisuke Matsuzaka at the same age.