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Alex Anthopoulos is a tough nut to crack … probably the toughest. He’s like the Macadamia Nut of General Managers. That must make AA a very tough interviewee, because he never really gives that juicy sound bite folks are yearning for.
Bob McCown tried his best on Prime Time Sports last night to pry answers out of Alex Anthopoulos. Most of the interview was a lot of the same we’ve heard in the past, but it got very interesting close to the end.
McCown finally nailed AA on specifics on who is the favourite for the starting left fielder’s position, the starting rotation, and J.P. Arencbia and Travis d’Arnaud among other things.
17 minutes into a 20 minute interview, things finally started to get juicy. There was something close to the end that Alex Anthopoulos said which really perked my ears.
I’m not sure if I’m making something out of nothing here, but when Bob McCown asked Alex Anthopoulos if this was his team today, this was AA’s response:
“Right now I would say yes, but I’m hopeful something will break in 2-3 weeks, but as we sit here today I think this will most likely be the team going into Spring Training.”
When I heard this the first time, I interpreted this as Alex has something on the backburner that he’s hoping will materialize in the next few weeks. Whether that’s a trade or a free agent signing, I can’t be sure.
I wouldn’t expect Alex Anthopoulos to suddenly depart from his strict “no commenting on players” policy, but perhaps after 20 minutes of Bob McCown berating him over and over about Yu Darvish, maybe AA let something slip.
The way Alex nonchalantly brushed it aside leads me to believe it could be something, as if he knew he said something he wasn’t supposed to and tried to move on from it very quickly.
Was AA perhaps just throwing the fans a bone to gnaw on after a dubious off-season? I hate to speculate on something that was only three seconds long, but with Alex you can’t leave any stone unturned.
It would be very out of character for the Silent Assassin to hint that a
deal is in the works, because then it contradicts his entire philosophy. Then again, it’s live radio and anything can happen. Remember “Wednesdays with J.P.” and how Adam Dunn doesn’t even like baseball?
Take a listen to the interview on PTS here, and the clip in question begins around the 20 minute mark. Again, it could be something, or it could very well be nothing at all. I guess we’ll know for sure in 2-3 weeks.