I don’t exactly remember what I was going for with the above image, which I began using last year during the GM Meetings, but I’m sure it’s still apt. Alex Anthopoulos is still a man on fire, as he needs to make all kinds of magic at the event once again this year, despite laying the groundwork for all kinds of thrilling deals last year in Indian Wells– most of which kind of blew up in his face. This year the baseball establishment, and the assembled media, are in Orlando, and with all the news that’s coming out– or expected to come out– of these meetings, we’re keeping very close watch on all the rumblings.
Here’s what’s worth talking about when it comes to the Jays tonight:
In his most recent report at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi pivots off AA’s quashing of today’s rumours, insisting that fans not get worked up about any rumour involving Jose Bautista that doesn’t suggest an elite starter is coming the other way, because that’s the only thing he believes the Jays would move him for. He also look notes that the Jays are expected to make a push for Jeff Samardzija, and that they’ve kicked the tires on Ryan Hanigan (as well as Jason Castro, though he says it seems like Houston isn’t terribly inclined to move him).
You’ll notice that those are players under contract to other clubs. That’s because, as Davidi explains in the piece, “the reading of Blue Jays’ intentions at the moment is that they plan to exhaust their potential opportunities on the trade market first before taking serious runs at any free agents.”
Beyond all of that goodness, by far the most noteworthy stuff to pass along on this evening of the GM Meetings has come out of the scrum Alex Anthopoulos had with media members late in the afternoon.
Davidi wrote about the scrum earlier for Sportsnet, focussing again on the GM’s dismissal of today’s reports out of Philadelphia– and, specifically, Howard Eskin– about both a Jose Bautista trade, and a Carlos Ruiz offer. Basically, he simply fleshes out some of the comments that he relayed in the tweets that I wrote about in this afternoon’s Daily Duce.
A piece on the dangers of believing everything you hear at this time of year followed from Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, while that sort of stuff also provided the bulk of the piece filed by Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun.
Buffery, however, pivoted off a couple of other interesting things that Anthopoulos said, as well. For example, the GM explained– as we’ve heard at other times so far this week, as well as in Davidi’s latest– that the market for trades is developing slowly this year. He says he’s still mostly gathering information, and added, “I don’t know that I’m closer to anything right now.” This slowness so far, the GM speculates, may hinder the market for free agents, as well. “I think you’ll see much more activity at the winter meetings,” Anthopoulos said.