Not that this should come as any surprise, but apparently Alex Anthopoulos really wants to make a trade for some pitching:
Rival exec: #BlueJays‘ Anthopoulos targeting starting pitching, “itching” to make a trade.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2012
Well, at least there’s something he’s itching to do– hiring a manager seems to be cramped in the back seat, insisting it has enough leg room.
And it seems as though picking up buy-low pitching options doesn’t seem to be on the radar quite yet either, as Scott Baker has moved from the Twins to the Cubs, signing a $5.5-million deal with incentives that could make it worth $7-million. Of course, as @BringVottoHome points out, a guy looking to rebuild value– there doesn’t even appear to be an option on Baker’s deal– aren’t usually jumping at coming to rather extreme hitter’s parks, let alone to the American League East.
The lack of an option makes it less of a blow, I think– less like the Paul Maholm deal that ended up netting the Cubs Arodys Vizcaino from the Braves at the trade deadline, and got Atlanta a nice arm for their rotation both last year and this. Plus, there are still a number of those types of buy-lowish guys out there to sign.
Of course, Alex is certainly aiming higher than the Bakers and Feldmans of the world– which is a fine posture to take, at least for as long as there are guys out there to theoretically sign. And perhaps his prospects get better with an acquisition of a pitcher via trade– aren’t the Jays a more attractive destination to a pitcher coming into a rotation with four spots solidly filled than three? As much as money is the biggest factor, the ability to be part of a winner certainly matters. Maybe this explains Alex’s jumpiness– y’know, in addition to the fact that Alex has almost certainly been readying himself to make some offers for months now, and perhaps is now just waiting for some return phone calls as other clubs wait for the market to develop.
Speaking of the trade market– and, perhaps, of posturing *COUGH*– if the Jays are going to make a deal with for one of the best targets out there, with one of their most obvious dance partners– the shortstop-deficient and robust with starting pitching Oakland A’s–
Brad Pitt Billy Beane is going to have to go back his word about Brett Anderson. The A’s, according to a Rosenthal post from last night at FoxSports.com, “are informing clubs that they do not intend to trade him, according to major league sources.”
So… there’s that.