According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, Anthopoulos made it very clear that although some players are under contract with his team for the next few years, nobody on his roster has a no-trade clause. Nicholson-Smith also revealed that Anthopoulos also went as far to say that he never enters a discussion with another team saying that he is unwilling to discuss any player.
So if this is the case inside the Blue Jays front offices, who is likely to be moved? The name that seems to be popping up the most is none other than shortstop Jose Reyes. Although this probably comes as a huge surprise and slap to the face to any Blue Jays fan, the idea really isn’t that far fetched.
Anthopoulos is always thinking of new ways to change the dynamic of his team and to help make his team better. A solid shortstop such as Reyes is something that is very hard to find for any team in the league. Players such as Reyes come at a premium price, but once obtained the upside can be massive for both parties. Anthopoulos could very well shop around the native of the Dominican Republic in order to secure some much needed depth. After all, last offseason he decided to upgrade the core of his team. The guys that were going to be starting every game had supreme star power. But where was the depth? It was nowhere to be found. Perhaps Anthopoulos goes into this offseason looking to bolster the depth of his squad rather than trying to wow the opposition with the starting lineup card on a daily basis.
If you look at teams that are currently in the playoffs, specifically the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, both teams have players that can come off of the bench and provide some clutch hitting and defense as well. This is something that the Blue Jays struggled with all season long. They couldn’t get a timely pinch hit and they weren’t guaranteed a solid defensive performance late in the game.
Long gone are the days where the teams with the highest payrolls are guaranteed a playoff berth. The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics are prime examples of this new phenomenon. Anthopoulos and the rest of the Blue Jays front office needs to figure out what direction their team is heading in, and they need to figure it out fast. Do they want to be big spenders or start all over again and try to build up their depth via trading some of their most prized possessions?