The Winter Meetings are breaking up, everybody is heading home, and it’s now that the real work to begin… except for me. I’m getting pisshammered– and apparently it’s going to cost me a lot more than it needs to– thanks, LCBO swine!
Ahhhh, but before that, I think you’re due a fancy meetings wrap-up post, and a selection of the best Alex Anthopoulos quotes from his last meeting with reporters, which include but are certainly not limited to the following comments posted at Gregor Chisholm’s North of the Border blog…
- “I think there are a lot of areas we could still address. You’d always love if you could add a bat to the middle of the lineup — that would be great. Realistically, I don’t know how possible that would be and right now I don’t see us being able to do that but things could change.”
- “I would love to add a mid to front rotation starter, again, that’s easier said than done because I think every team in the game is going to look to do something like that.”
-”We definitely still need to solidify our bullpen. We’ve taken care of the ninth inning but we still need to take care of the eighth inning and continue to build that depth.”
- “I think you’re always going to end up signing one or two free agent relievers. Sometimes it’s Minor League free agents and there are some guys we’re going to look at in trade too.”
- “I wouldn’t get into specifics about how good I think a player is going to be or isn’t going to be,” he said when asked how Yu Darvish compares to Dice-K. “Maybe after players are signed and things like that I would be a lot more to commenting about abilities and things like that. But there’s no doubt about it he’s a very talented player.”
- “Sure if he left we would have gotten two draft picks,” Anthopoulos said of Kelly Johnson, “but I think the players we would have had to give up in trade would have been significantly better than the two draft picks. From that respect, one, I think we are a stronger team and two we’ve kept some of younger players.”
You can hear audio of the whole conversation at Wilner’s Miked Up.