Artist’s rendering of Alex Anthopoulos if he refused to shave until Reuters gets some damn new pictures of him in their image archive– or perhaps if he started growing a beard the last time I used this gag.
Alex Anthopoulos showed up with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio yesterday for a quick segment, and– holy shit! They have the clip up on Soundcloud, so I can actually embed it– sort of like we’ve started doing with the DJF Podcast, which we totally might actually get around to doing again this week!
Have a listen– it’s action packed!
For those of you who aren’t able to listen, or who might be looking for some help in digesting what was said, here are the highlights…
- Anthopoulos wouldn’t comment on the Samardzija rumours. “You know what, I just saw that too,” he said, playing coy. “I’m in the office today, I’m just going through some things,” he added. Some things like a Jeff Samardzija trade???? Hmmm.
- “I will say that we’re definitely exploring starters– with teams,” he admitted. “But also, just like a lot of stuff that’s out there that is false, we have not made an offer to anybody, with respect to a starter. So if there’s something out there that we’ve made an offer to someone for a starter, that is not accurate.” So… he’s offered on a position player??? Perhaps. But also, this is all semantic, of course. Surely names have been exchanged in some capacity, it’s just, I suspect in his view that– quite rightly– doesn’t constitute a formal offer.
- “That doesn’t mean we’re not inquiring,” he adds. “We’re still inquiring.” Well… yeah.
- “We’re talking to one club about a smaller trade,” he says, “and maybe it will move in the next few days, or maybe it won’t happen,” he admits. Cue people speculating– or hoping– that it means Arencibia. People like me! I don’t think that Arencibia is quite a non-tender candidate, but would it shock me if the kind of player you could get in return for him was one? No, it would not. Add in the fact that the deadline to tender contracts is next Monday, December 2nd, and that the four days preceding it are likely to be pretty quiet, with American Thanksgiving, and yeah, I could could see a deal involving a player like that– or other non-tender candidates (MLBTR lists Esmil Rogers, but not JPA, among them)– fitting the timeline. In fact, I could see it being a busy week for minor transactions.
- Speaking to that point he adds that “before the Thanksgiving holiday sometimes there’s that last little push. Teams get things off their plate, so maybe things happen here in the next two or three days.” However, he also makes clear, “there isn’t anything imminent– we’re not necessarily waiting on someone to get back to us– but, again, at any time that could change,” he says. “And I hope it does.”
- “If not, we’ll take it to the meetings, at that point,” he adds, meaning that the Winter Meetings– which begin two weeks from today, on Monday, December 9th– might be where much of the activity really heats up. As always, there will be blanket coverage around here for you all to enjoy over the course of the three day event.
- “I probably wouldn’t come out and say who we might be in on, just from a competitive standpoint,” he says of the free agents that are out there, but he acknowledges having talked about and called ones that were suggested to him by the hosts– Garza, Arroyo, Saltalamacchia, Pierzynski– and says that “any team would have interest in guys like” Garza. “The mid-tier guys,” he continues, “we may have someone that we like a little bit more than some other clubs, and we’d want to keep that a little more quiet.” Hmmm…
- “We’ve even called on positions that we don’t have a need on, because there have been some trade talks where some teams have asked about some guys we don’t plan on trading. But all of a sudden, we get to fill some other holes, and if we can back-fill through free agency and strengthen the club, we would look to do that as well,” he says.
- He says that last option is complicated, obviously, but that they’re trying to be creative. Makes sense– and it’s music to my ears to hear him not sound entirely gun shy about entering the free agent fray. But it also sounds like the kind of talk we’ve heard about all kinds of teams trying to come after Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion, doesn’t it? And frankly, as much as we want to dream on spinning relievers and low-minors prospects into quality pieces to add to the big league club, uh… we probably need to start coming to grips that we’re going to have to give up something, eh?
So… there’s that.
Original image via The Grid.