Interesting article in the Toronto Star on your Toronto Blue Jays. What should management do if the current squad remains competitive come July? Richard Griffin writes that Alex Anthopoulos should leave be, not do anything rash:
“Could the Jays acquire one of these guys if they’re within single digits of the lead at the end of July? Well, yeah. Do the Jays have the inventory of young starters to satisfy another team’s needs? Well, yeah. Should they pull the trigger? Well, no.”
The these guys are the multitude of potentially available pitchers come this years trade deadline. Griffin writes that Anthopoulos can’t make the same short term maybe deals at the expense of long term viability.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with Griffin’s analysis. It’s the right one. Couple of points: first, if the Blue jays are “close” in a month it ilk be very hard not to do something. If they area couple games back, the pressure will be heavy to bring in an extra piece. It will be interesting to see if Alex Anthopoulos can resist and if the fans can too.
Secondly, what message does it sound if they are close and they don’t get some help?? How do you get the kids to buy in if management doesn’t appear ready to pony up? I know all the yeah buts responses to the questions, but I think it’s pertinent to raise the issue.
Either way, it’s nice to have something to talk about re the blue jays these days that isn’t about attendance. Let’s hope it lasts.