Earlier today, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos addressed reporters in San Diego. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from that plus more..
- When asked about how much trade interest there has been in catcher Dioner Navarro, AA said: “I’ve had clubs ask, that’s probably as far as I would go with it,” according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com (via Twitter). The GM went on to say (link) that the Blue Jays are a “better team with Dioner Navarro…There’s no doubt about it.” While AA wouldn’t rule out trading the catcher over the weekend, he says that he won’t be going anywhere unless he gets a fair return (link).
- Anthopoulos says the Blue Jays still do not currently have any offers out to free agents, Chisholm tweets.
- There was, however, one free agent the Blue Jays wanted, but he signed elsewhere. “There was someone that signed that we really liked that we wanted to get,” the GM said, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (via Twitter). However, the Jays never got to the point where they would make an offer, AA said, because that player really wanted to play in a certain place, Chisholm tweets.
- Money may be tight for the Blue Jays, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. After adding Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson, payroll projects to about $103MM with another $14MM via arbitration. The team spent $137MM so if money’s tight, it might mean the club’s budget has decreased.
- Twins GM Terry Ryan also crossed the Blue Jays radar in their search for a new team president. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report tweets that Ryan is “staying put” in Minnesota.
- Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons told reporters, including BN-S (via Twitter), that he wants to see a couple of relievers added to the team. He added that he likes the team’s current lineup and he isn’t sure if there’s a real second base upgrade out there.
Brad Johnson contributed to this post.