Interesting stuff from Tuesday’s Dan Le Batard Show on Miami’s 790 The Ticket, as Le Batard– who is also a columnist for the Miami Herald– and his co-hosts spent a segment musing on the notion of a Hanley Ramirez trade, during which the host claimed that “the Toronto Blue Jays were trying very hard this last week to trade for Hanley Ramirez.”
“The Blue Jays general manager has had a series of good moves, and he does not care about some of that nonsense with, y’know, clubhouse guy. He traded for Rasmus, he traded for Yunel Escobar… and he was trying very hard to trade for Hanley.” (The segment starts around the 119 minute mark, if you’re listening to the web-based player, or around 20 minutes in, if you download the absurdly large mp3 file of the show.)
Obviously part of Alex’s m.o. is to push hard for any kind of elite-talen player who he might be able to pry loose– and with his relationship with the Marlins strained to say the least, Hanley fits the bill– so it’s hard to get too worked up about the possibility here. Except… this is awesome.
No, not the notion of Hanley coming here– as long as Alex Anthopoulos is in charge, I can’t say it will never happen, but it remains highly unlikely– but that the Jays, as they demonstrated with the Rasmus deal (and as I mentioned on this week’s Getting Blanked podcast), are not just hoarding draft picks, fishing for Type-B’s, expanding their scouting department and going over-slot on draft picks for the sake of drafting and developing players for their own club; they’re creating a different kind of capital– a kind of capital with which they can acquire players with favourable contracts, rather than going out and overpaying massively on the back end of free agent contracts in order to get a few early years of an elite player at market value.
I guess we already sorta knew that. And I suppose there’s no reason they couldn’t both play the big-time free agent game as well as this one. But, the more we hear about what Alex may have been up to leading to the deadline, the more I think it makes it completely clear which he prefers– and the more it seems odd how fans some media members want to be so quick to heap this expectation on the club that they start pissing money away.
Given the division they’re in, the Jays need miracles not to lose any pissing contest involving cash, but it seems like Alex can out-work anybody in the game, and is well on his way to having a system bursting with talent that will make putting together heists like the Rasmus acquisition all the easier. If he sticks with it, and doesn’t jump to saddle himself with contracts that are destined to be bloated, I think he’ll be just fine.
(Crotch grab to @TerryDeeAD for the heads up.)