So as the start of spring training is upon us it’s beginning to look like the Blue Jays may start 2014 with Dioneer Navarro as their only significant offseason acquisition. And although thanks to an incredible piece by Jays Journal’s Lucas Silva, I now know everything about Dioner Navarro, (apparently he wasn’t in Jane’s Addiction?) having Navarro as your big prize makes for a shall we say underwhelming offseason, and well calling it underwhelming is honestly pretty underwhelming.
However even though this total lack of any notable outside improvement let me be the first to stand up and give Alex Anthopoulos a high five, but not just a high five, a big black monster high five, one that would make Koji Uehara‘s assault on the Red Sox dugout look tame by comparison.
Now you may wonder why I would be extending such a congratulatory gesture to AA following such a lacklustre few months. And to be honest it is simply because he was able to show restraint and not overreact to the abysmal season turned in after the splashy moves made last offseason. Because honestly when there were reports that the Jays might be in on Jeff Samardzija for a package built around Aaron Sanchez AND Marcus Stroman, I was absolutely terrified. I somehow lived with them trading the top catching prospect in the game with J.P Arencibia as the incumbent. However had they followed that by dealing their top two pitching prospects… in the eternal words of Robert Downey Junior that could only be described as going full retard. And you never go full retard.
Not to fall into the trap of a hockey metaphor but the two teams in the Roger’s sports empire that play down at the Air Canada Center have spent the better part of the last two decades making reactionary trades to disastrous effects, think Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala with the Leafs, or Jermaine O’Neal and Hedo Turkoglu with the Raptors.
So to see a GM that has confidence in his past moves and the roster he has built despite the incredible underperformance of the last season is refreshing. While I definitely would have liked to see a little more greenbacks flying around from the Jays’ front office and am worried about Rogers tightening the purse string and “payroll parameters” making a comeback, I’ll take that over them selling the farm.
Hopefully in the coming days or weeks the Jays will land Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana and make this post look like the ravings of a disgruntled crazy person. But even if the offseason comes and goes without any significant additions to the rotation I can rest easy knowing that AA has the cajones to not only pull of the big moves but also to do nothing.
Plus by not bringing in rotation help the fans can finally see if any of the hyped prospects in the system will actually deliver on their promise… and if they don’t then of course we can tear him new one for his poor general managing, but until that time I’m saying big ups to AA for standing pat, and hey maybe Ricky Romero will remember how to pitch?!?