Fresh off the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s annual meeting this past Thursday, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos made clear his preferred path in regards to improving Blue Jays pitching.
According to an article from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Anthopoulos addressed the question mark on the closing situation. “Everyone knows who the free agents are, but there are some attractive players that are there in trade that might be more attractive than some of the free agents,” answered Anthopoulos. “I think we want to exhaust that avenue first before delving into free agency.”
When asked if his pitchers were untradeable, Oakland Athletics assistant GM David Frost stated “We’re very open,” reports John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle. “If we didn’t have the (pitching) depth, we wouldn’t have this option.” A’s closer Andrew Bailey has been repeatedly mentioned in the rumor mills as a potential fit for the Blue Jays closer role. Bailey went 0-4 last season with a 3.24 era and 24 saves in 42 appearances.
Former Phillies closer and now free agent Ryan Madson has also been mentioned as a potential suitor for closing duties, though the Jays are rumored to have stiff competition for his services to the Red Sox and Angels.