Alex Anthopoulos Newsbeat
Monday, August 31, 2015
“Steve Tolleson just decided he didn’t want to play anymore,” Anthopoulos said during a media session in Texas on Wednesday.
Tolleson, however, insists he has been injured since the Jays placed him on the disabled list with a groin strain on May 27. His minor-league rehab assignment expired July 1, just after he had played in two games for Buffalo, and the Jays designated him for assignment that day.
In dispute is whether the 31-year-old reserve infielder was still injured when the Jays designated him for assignment, which removed him from the major-league roster. Under the collective bargaining agreement, an injured player cannot be DFA.
The Jays’ decision indicates they felt he was healthy enough to play. Tolleson said he has been unable to play because he aggravated the groin strain late in his rehab assignment, then suffered suffered several setbacks, including a hip injury and a hamstring strain.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
Fans are quick to throw blame at Rogers for their inflexibility in terms of the budget, but the fact is, Anthopoulos bet big on a roster that wasn’t good enough in 2013, and it’s hard to blame ownership for declining to bail him out with more money.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”
Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few weeks, and once the All-Star break ended, concrete trade proposals and counterproposals began to form. Finally, on July 28, the two sides agreed to the deal that shocked the baseball world. In addition to Reyes, the Rockies landed top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and two other talented young arms, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The Jays got Hawkins and their white whale.
“I looked at it like this: This is one of the best players in baseball,” Anthopoulos said. “Players like that don’t become available. They sign 10-year contracts and become the face of a franchise. It wasn’t an easy decision. It was weird, the process was long and stressful … but it was also a lot of fun.”
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
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