“Yeah,” responded Matt Sosnick, agent for Josh Johnson, bluntly, when asked off the top of a thoughtful, interesting segment on today’s Jeff Blair Show if the reported mega-deal deal is pretty much done. Not only that, “I think he’s excited,” Sosnick added, almost convincingly.
But that was far from the money quote from the interview, as he later dropped this nugget on us:
“I feel like there has to be another piece to this trade. I’ve got to imagine that the players that Alex acquired have to be in play– it’s a lot of money he took on in salary in one shot. And there are so many teams that are interested in Josh Johnson that if the Yankees or Texas or some of these teams looking for a frontline starter wanted to give up a tonne, it would seem like it would be against the way that Alex normally does business to not listen and make a trade if he could acquire a bunch of top prospects for one of the players in this deal.”
It’s possible, I guess, but I’m not sure how that makes a whole lot of sense, from the Jays’ perspective– largely because I’d argue that this deal fundamentally changes the way that Anthopoulos does business. As he’s said all along, he wanted to stockpile prospects, he knew they couldn’t all end up on his 25-man roster at once, he wanted to make big moves on the trade market, and, as far as he was being assured, the money was going to be there to spend the way that the club appears they’re going to do– and shockingly, perhaps even to him, yesterday Rogers actually put up.
I’ve said many times: the moves Anthopoulos made during his first few years on the job were not necessarily indicative of some kind of overarching philosophy he was always going to operate under. Even if he hadn’t said as much, it just wouldn’t make sense.
Importantly, it should be noted that, despite this flourish of analysis from Sosnick– and that’s really how it came off to my ears, not as any kind of angling– his client isn’t hoping like hell to get moved again, or anything. In fact, he’s happy with what happened.
“These days, the first thing that happens is the financial guy calls to tell him the differences between the tax rates in Florida and Toronto,” Sosnick explained, “but in real life, I think he’s excited to get out of Florida, and to get a fresh start.”
Not only that, “this is Alex going all-in, and I think this is going to be his legacy, one way or the other,” he says of the deal. And right now, there’s optimism. ”I think a lot of people in that trade really believe that Toronto has a chance to win the American League this year now,” he explains. While on the other hand, “Miami is just a destroyed franchise. I think guys are just getting out as quick as they can.”
Better even, perhaps, Sosnick flatly dismisses the notion that taxes are an issue for his client, and says he’s certainly open to signing an extension, “if there’s a fair sharing of the risk,” and “as long as the player is happy.”
That works for me. Talent like his clients’ doesn’t come along very often– especially, it seems, not in this organization. As was my mantra on today’s podcast and in yesterday’s post, there’s no sense in Rogers half-assing it here. You’ve committed enough to get you plenty close– finish the job.