“I don’ see us doing large deals,” said Alex Anthopoulos at yesterday’s luncheon for the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA, according to Ian Harrison of Toro Magazine.
“I don’t think we’re going to do something we consciously don’t believe in, or grossly overpay, unless we feel very confident that it’s got a very good chance to put us in the World Series,” he said, according to John Lott of the National Post.
“The six, seven, eight year contracts, from a historical standpoint, very few work out. From our standpoint, the balance is, there are going to be deals to be made, certainly free agents, trades, things like that, I just don’t think you’ll see us do any large deals because I don’t know of a time that a huge contract has been signed, seven, eight years, $100-plus-million, that anybody in the industry has turned around and said that’s a great deal for the club. It’s not about necessarily great deals for the club, but where someone hasn’t said, that may not really work out for the club,” Shi Davidi of Sportsnet quotes Anthopoulos as saying. “That’s ultimately what it comes down to.”
“For his part Anthopoulos said he felt the best time to try and make a risky move is prior to the trade deadline,” Davidi writes, “when the ‘percentages of handicapping your ability to get to the playoffs and win are so much greater than the winter.’ “
“We’re not there yet, we’re not going to go out and buy a team,” said Paul Beeston, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun. “Not going to happen,” he added, according to Harrison.
“I think they have every reason to think we have a shot next year,” Beeston added, according to Lott’s piece.
So… there’s that.