Alex Anthopoulos is perhaps the most unpredictable general manager in all of Major League Baseball. He has been known to strike up a deal completely out of the woodwork for his Toronto Blue Jays and often doesn’t like to confront the media in regards to his views on certain player’s availabilities or certain players that he has on his wish list.
However, during this holiday season, Anthopoulos may very well be choosing to be a little bit more outspoken about some of his prized possessions and whether or not he will be shopping them around. But is he telling us the truth?
The recent General Manager’s Meetings in Orlando, Florida saw rumors being spread about a potential deal involving Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies. Unlike his usual self, Anthopoulos was very quick to let everyone know that this claim was “ridiculous” and “fabricated”. Although Anthopoulos was quick to try his best to drown out this story, given his track record, Blue Jays faithful shouldn’t put the idea of Bautista starting the 2014 season in another uniform to rest.
The Blue Jays need starting pitching, and they also need a catcher. And although their second base options provide decent defense, with that comes subpar numbers at the plate. Because of these major needs, if the price is right, Bautista and company could be sent elsewhere. Anthopoulos isn’t afraid to make noise on the trading block as we all saw during the 2012/2013 offseason, and it now appears that the 36 year old GM isn’t afraid to talk to the media in regards to his potential actions.