Sorry for the lack of coverage here leading up to yesterday’s Trade Deadline, but I made the trek down to Toronto yesterday.
There I was sitting in my seat in section 206 frantically checking Twitter and MLBTradeRumors.com throughout the game, only to find that none of the Blue Jays had been traded.
I was elated that Jose Bautista wasn’t traded, but at the same time I was a little skeptic since we had all prepared ourselves to see Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, John Buck and Kevin Gregg clean their lockers in the Blue Jays clubhouse.
As a General Manager, I’m sure it’s very easy to feel obligated to trade players when the 4pm trade deadline comes barreling down at you. Yet Alex Anthopoulos kept his cool and didn’t waver when he didn’t receive the offers he was hoping for.
I heard Anthopoulos allude to a big trade that fell through earlier in the week on the Fan 590, and it’s just my guess that it had to do something with Kelly Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
One can only guess which Jays would have been on their way to the desert, but I’m betting it had to do something with some prospects and possibly even a starting pitcher.
Needless to say, it was all for not and the Blue Jays 40-man rosters remained the same on July 30th as it did on July 31st.
Standing still at this year’s trade deadline might not be heralded as a move that defined this franchise, but believe it or not … sometimes the best move is no move at all.