Through the Blue Jay past, darkly.
Anthopoulos, an economics major in college whose baseball background began in scouting for the Montreal Expos, figures he’s not competing for the big ticket items. One of his first orders of business after taking over for Ricciardi three years ago was trading pitcher Roy Halladay to Philadelphia rather than pay him a huge free agent contract. The money ball method favored by Ricciardi wasn’t working either. So Anthopoulos has targeted the risky talent, guys that can play but still manage to scare others off for one reason or another.
Anthopoulos had already begun implementing the plan in 2011, when he pocketed Colby Rasmus in a trade with the Cardinals. St. Louis had drafted Rasmus in the first round in 2005 but ultimately decided that his attitude was undermining his talent, which they loved. Rasmus didn’t hit much this season, but that doesn’t mean the Jays won’t eventually get a dose of lightning in a bottle.
He may also hit .223 again, as he did in 2012. At the same time, Cabrera may flop, Johnson may never fully recover and Reyes might get picked off base or thrown out at third often enough to keep his underachieving career streak going. Then again, they might all have big years. In the topsy-turvy AL East – the decline of the Red Sox, the (likely) imminent decline of the Yankees, the rise of the Orioles – things are up for grabs. Anthopoulos, with some added cable money to play with, had to take a shot.
Posted: November 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
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