I love hearing about trades that didn’t happen. Normally, us baseball outsiders don’t learn of such things until the people involved in rejecting a proposed transaction have moved on from the jobs that allowed them to make such a decision.
This makes sense. Being the general manager of a Major League Baseball club is a difficult job. No one wants to be embarrassed by refusing to pull the trigger on a big deal. And no one wants to burn any bridges by trying to publicly embarrass a colleague.
Last night, at the State of the Franchise meeting between fans and Toronto Blue Jays management, GM Alex Anthopoulos,without naming names, referred to a trade that didn’t happen because the other team wanted a Major League ready player off Toronto’s roster that he was unwilling to give up.
As Jeff Blair of the Globe And Mail tells us:
Several sources say that player was third baseman Brett Lawrie; the Blue Jays balked and instead the Mariners did some good business with the New York Yankees, landing catcher Jesus Montero.
While any deal involving a Michael Pineda and Brett Lawrie swap would likely be fairer than Toronto fans would at first admit, there’s little question in my mind that the Blue Jays made the right decision in hanging on to Lawrie. What’s perhaps most remarkable is that over one season, Lawrie’s trade value was raised from being worth a number two or three starter with two years of team control (Shaun Marcum) to a potential top of the rotation stud with five more years of team control.
That’s an investment working out.