When Alex Anthopoulos used to be General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, he was like a locked vault; he had this magical way of answering a question without really saying anything at all. To some degree, it’s important skill for a GM to have.
Ross Atkins on the other hand, sometimes likes to leave the door open a little bit; he gives reporters or listeners the odd morsel of information. Take for example, his interview earlier this morning from the Winter Meetings on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.
Ross Atkins spoke with Jeff Blair and Mike Wilner about a wide range of topics, and when asked specifically about the market for Dexter Fowler, Ross Atkins may have inadvertently name-dropped several outfield options the Blue Jays are looking at.
Everything seems to have picked a bit. For guys in that position, whether it’s Dexter Fowler or Ben Revere or Brandon Moss, Michael Saunders, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, all of those guys seem to have more tangible things happening here.
Earlier in the interview, Atkins reiterated that the organization has at least checked in on every free agent that fits their needs, but this is the first time he’s publicly mentioned players like Brandon Moss and Ben Revere without being solicited.
It falls in line with what Shi Davidi wrote about yesterday; how Dexter Fowler is essentially Plan A for adding an outfielder, and some combination of Moss/Revere/Saunders/Bautista might be Plan B for the Blue Jays.