Alex Anthopoulos had a scrum this afternoon with reporters at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, as is tradition, and while some of the most important stuff has already been covered in my post about payroll parameters once again potentially rearing their ugly head, there are still many more things he spoke about worth noting. So… um… let’s note some of them, by reliving the scrum chronologically through tweets from the local media…
- Ben Nicholson-Smith was first out of the gate, tweeting what we’ve all surely heard by now: that Anthopoulos figures he’ll be looking to make trades to get relief help, rather than looking at the free agent market, with Barry Davis adding that the G.M. doesn’t anticipate any moves getting done while in San Diego.
The second part is unsurprising — Alex prepared us well in advance for the fact that it’s his preference to make his moves before or after the event, but not during, though he later added that it’s possible something could come together quickly, so we can’t quite yet rule anything out.
As for the first part, maybe it’s true. Or maybe it’s posturing for the benefit of some agent. Whatever the case, it definitely doesn’t make sense — at least not if taken literally. Maybe if he means to get bona fide late inning help, sure. But there are going to be a tonne of arms out there for cheap and for minor league deals with invites.
Maybe not what we want to hear on the matter, but building a bullpen that way couldn’t hurt. I mean, look at the 2013 bullpen that worked so well for this club. The eight guys with the most innings without a start that year for the Jays? Janssen, Loup, Cecil, Delabar, Oliver, Wagner, Perez, and Lincoln.
Not exactly a who’s who.