At around the same time Gregg Zaun was over on the rival station reiterating his desire to see the entire Blue Jays team traded away, Alex Anthopoulos jumped on the radio on Monday night, speaking with Bill Hayes and Bruce Arthur on TSN 1050, addressing a number of issues relating to his club, most illuminatingly so when it comes to the names being linked to the Jays in several reports regarding the trade market. (Audio painstakingly tracked down to here.)
Not being able to comment on other team’s players, he didn’t specifically mention Matt Garza, but… um… you don’t exactly need to be Faulkner to pick up on the subtext. See if you catch what I’m talking about:
“Some stuff that’s out there is completely fabricated. I guess what I can tell you is– speaking in general terms, of course– we have not had one discussion with a team about a starter. So, if people are reading names that are out there, that would be a 100% complete fabrication, in terms of us going after a starter right now. Doesn’t mean that if something came up a week from now, or something, that we wouldn’t be open to it, but right now we’re not engaged in or having any dialogue with respect to a starter.”
He goes on to add that there still aren’t many clubs willing to start selling off players, mostly due to the extra Wild Card berths, and that there are “maybe one or two teams that clearly have talked about, ‘We’re open to doing something, and we’re open to doing something sooner.’ ”
“For us it’s been very quiet. Right now we really don’t have anything close, or anything that we’re really getting serious about. I expect those conversations to change once we come out of the break.”
I seem to recall trying to live blog a chat that Richard Griffin had with readers at the Toronto Star once, and that it didn’t go particularly well. And yet, apparently that’s not going to stop me from trying it again, as the Toronto Sun is hosting a live chat with Alex effing Anthopoulos, beginning at 11:15 AM ET today, and I figure it’s worth following along.
Yesterday Alex Anthopoulos was the guest on the CBC’s Mansbridge One On One– a 22-minute sit down that you can see in its entirety at CBC.ca. (Don’t be lazy– watch their ads.)
I wasn’t going to post it, because CBC hasn’t made the clip embeddable and it’s not really worth a full post to just point you all to a link, but– smart guy that I am– I decided to do a quick search of YouTube for it, which turned me on to the fact that some genius has already gone to the trouble of posting it there. I’m not sure how fanatical the nation’s public broadcaster is when it comes to getting their content removed from there, but if these do end up being taken down, you can always just go to the link above for the full clip.
“Alex Anthopoulos, General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, talks about the state of baseball in Canada today, the changes to the Toronto Blue Jays over the winter, and what lies ahead for the team,” explains the description. So there you go.
Clearly, with the way these Winter Meetings have been going, he didn’t have a whole hell of a lot better to do (though he did say he’d just been meeting with an agent), so Alex Anthopoulos jumped onto Wednesday’s edition of Prime Time Sports on the Fan590, offering nothing more than he has so far about the behind-the-scenes in Nashville, but a couple interesting items nonetheless.
On the progress of closer Sergio Santos, here’s what he told Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt:
“He feels great. He actually wants to throw right now and we’re not allowing him to throw. We don’t need to have him throwing right now, but he feels unbelievable. I know everyone says these things when someone’s coming back off rehab– ‘it’s the best I’ve felt in years,’ and so on– but he’s told us that, and our doctors and trainers feel very confident that he should be fine.”
Anthopoulos added that he’s on schedule to start throwing with the relievers, with “no restrictions.”
“Obviously that could change, as we go through Spring Training, if he does have any complications,” he explained.
Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos made his way over to whichever far corner of the Opryland facility is hosting “radio row” and hopped onto the air with Jeff Blair and Dirk Hayhurst this morning on the Fan 590, discussing with them the dog and pony show that is the Winter Meetings, all the rumours surrounding his club, the likelihood of deals getting done, JP Arencibia’s bizarre confidence, and– as is always most important for fans of the Rogers-owned club– payroll.
Typically, he doesn’t say a whole lot. And what he does say leaves more than enough room for him to wriggle his way out of the statement, if somehow needed– he has indeed learned well from Paul Beeston– but that surely doesn’t mean it’s not still worthy of our scrutiny.
The big payroll discussion comes at the end of the club, specifically when Blair asks whether Anthopoulos would rule out his club getting into a ‘bidding war’ for one of the remaining free agent pitchers.
Following the announcement of the Jays’ BBWAA award winners today Alex Anthopoulos was made available to some members of the media, very few of whom seem to have bothered to tweet out anything that the GM had to say. Fortunately for us, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com– who’ll be joining Drew and I tomorrow afternoon at 2 PM ET, along with Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR, for a Winter Meetings-focussed Google+ Hangout– took care of business, laying down several interesting pieces of information that he’s managed to expand on during the time it’s taken me to write this piece, posting a full transcript over at North of the Border. [Note: Read it!]
Several of Gregor’s tweets deserve a look, beginning with this one:
Tidbits from today`s availability with Anthopoulos, Izturis is the front runner for 2B. Bonifacio potential super utility player. #bluejays
Not going to lie: on first blush, that somewhat surprises me, and makes me wonder if maybe something was promised Izturis when he signed on– though we see in the transcript that Anthopoulos specifically says that it was not. Yet… well… I don’t know, maybe it’s not so crazy…