Where’s the money, Anthopoulos?
Shi Davidi checks in with more excellent work for Sportsnet, having digested the comments Alex Anthopoulos made to reporters earlier this afternoon. He looks mostly at the depth moves that the club is aiming to make as they set their roster for the coming season, but as we see from the most fascinating part of the piece, it sounds as though that’s mostly out of necessity.
Anthopoulos pointed out that with the Miami Marlins blockbuster, the Blue Jays have left the payroll parameters (remember that fun term from last year’s winter meetings?) initially set for 2013 “in the dust, the rear-view mirror of where I thought we were going to be.”
Going to ownership for more money again is sure to be a tough sell for anything other than an impossible-to-pass-up bombshell, so the Blue Jays will probably need to build their depth through prescient minor-league free agent signings.
Of course, the idea that they might not have a whole lot of money to spend isn’t entirely a new or surprising concept. Thinking that club would be able to take payroll up to $120-million, then keep on spending on whichever Sanchezes or McCarthys that might have come along required some rather wishful thinking, given all we’d known about Rogers all the way up until a month ago.
Looking at it another way, the downplaying of expectations here may not necessarily even be true. It really depends on how you define an “impossible-to-pass-up bombshell.” And as I noted in a post earlier today, it’s not like Alex Anthopoulos is about to announce to the world that he’s ready get real fucking extravagant.
I certainly hope it’s the latter, and not for the obvious reason: because I’ve already turned into a spoiled, entitled, dick-head fan. No, the real problem with pulling back now is that the Jays have taken their roster so close to being a genuine threat in the American League– to the point where every additional win they can accumulate makes a serious, serious difference. With the rosters they’ve tried to compete with in most years past, adding a three win free agent wouldn’t have pushed them far past “hope everything breaks right” territory.
I mean, they’ve already done so much more than enough that the idea of this off-season somehow turning disappointing is out of the question, but why go this far and then act like it’s enough? I’ll never get it. I hope they don’t.
So… there’s that.