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June 13, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Alex Anthopoulos' Amazing Offseason

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Sam Miller

How the resurgent 2014 Blue Jays were built.

As the 2013 season concluded, Alex Anthopoulos’ chair in Toronto was, per reports and common sense, wobbly. “He needs a winning season in 2014 or he will likely be fired,” wrote Richard Griffin, in an article that suggested opposing teams had cracked his tactics, putting the Blue Jays in a disadvantageous position on the trade market. Now, of course, the Blue Jays are the class of the AL East, the most improved team (by winning percentage) in baseball from a year ago, and as likely to make the playoffs as the Tigers are. Clearly, Anthopoulos had a tremendous offseason. Clearly, he’ll be in contention for executive of the year. Anybody who foretold his dismissal clearly didn’t see this incredible act of General Managing in the winter of 2013-2014. Let’s review the seven key moves that Anthopoulos made:

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Deals like this week's blockbuster are rare for any team. What are the day-in, day-out moves that Alex Anthopoulus has tended to make, and is likely to continue to make, to finish building a contender?

In last week’s Lineup Card, we identified 13 areas of need facing selected teams this winter. One of those teams—the only team with two entries in the article—was the Toronto Blue Jays. One Toronto entry was about how the starting rotation would need help.  (Evidently, Alex Anthopoulos agreed.) The other entry, by Colin Wyers was a bit more broad. What the Blue Jays needed, according to Colin, was “something other than a reliever.”

Look at Toronto’s transaction logs leading up to that Lineup Card, and you’ll see what Colin meant:

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos is taking too long to turn around Toronto, then talk about why we can't find the secret to success in October. Also, Sam drops his wedding ring.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Alex Anthopoulos is taking too long to turn around Toronto, then talk about why we can't find the secret to success in October. Also, Sam drops his wedding ring.

Episode 47: "Is the Alex Anthopoulos Honeymoon Over?/Why Can't We Figure Out What Works in the Playoffs?"

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Will Colby Rasmus continue to be dogged by off-field issues?

In two-plus years as the general manager of the Blue Jays, Alex Anthopoulos has shown a penchant for buying low on other teams’ undervalued players. He did it with Yunel Escobar, who delivered a 3.7 WARP season last year. He did it with Brett Lawrie, who emerged as one of baseball’s top prospects, and then batted a remarkable .293/.373/.580 in 171 plate appearances in 2011. Most recently, he did it with Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson last summer, though the returns on those two investments are thus far unclear.

Once viewed as a potential star center fielder, the 25-year-old Rasmus has a much greater role to play in the Jays’ future than Johnson. Rasmus was a 2.3 WARP player—mostly thanks to a .276/.361/.498 triple-slash, because his fielding was 18.8 runs below average—in 2010, and he was expected to blossom into one of the National League’s best players. 

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February 16, 2012 9:00 am

Overthinking It: The All-NRI Team

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Ben Lindbergh

Non-roster invitees are swarming to spring training, but do these players ever pan out? Ben looks for an answer in the best of last season's NRI crop

"I’ve always said when it comes to a minor-league contract there’s no such thing as a bad one. There’s no guarantee from the club’s standpoint other than a flight to and from spring training."—Alex Anthopoulos, January 2012

While you’re busy celebrating Presidents Day in traditional American fashion—crossing the Delaware, roadtripping to Mt. Rushmore, trying to keep your anticipation for next week’s 87th Republican primary debate in check—pitchers and catchers will be reporting to training camps across Florida and Arizona. Not quite all of the pitchers and catchers or all of the camps—Mariners pitchers, catchers, and position players reported about a week before everyone else, so Mariners non-roster invitees have already been ostracizing members of their 40-man for days.

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The Dodgers bestow an incomprehensibly rich contract upon Juan Rivera, and Jim Thome returns for another tour of duty in Philly.

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The TA team runs down today's whirlwind of trades between the Cardinals, White Sox, and Blue Jays.

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January 24, 2011 12:02 pm

Contractual Matters: A Brief History of Contract Recycling

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Jeff Euston

Alex Anthopoulos freed himself from Vernon Wells' monstrous deal, but calling it a pure salary dump wouldn't be accurate.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off nothing short of a financial coup late Friday in getting his club out from under the taile end of Vernon Wells’ staggering seven-year, $126 million mega-deal. The Blue Jays still owed Wells $86 million through 2014 under the contract, which was signed under the J.P. Ricciardi administration. When you consider Anthopoulos successfully navigated around Wells’ full no-trade clause and apparently did not include any cash in dealing the outfielder to Anaheim, the trade just might be the most impressive salary dump ever.

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A look at the best player at each position in the big leagues in 2010 along with news and notes from around the major leagues.

Last year in this precious space of bandwidth, we introduced the first-ever On The Beat All-MLB Team. The thought was if the NFL has the All-Pro team and the NBA and NHL also have post-season all-star teams, why not baseball?

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November 3, 2010 12:00 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part II

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David Laurila

The Blue Jays' broadcaster discusses baseball in Toronto since 1985 and his former broadcast partner.

In Part II, veteran Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth talks with Baseball Prospectus' David Laurila about the last quarter-century of baseball in Toronto and Tom Cheek, his late partner in the booth, among other topics. You may view Part I of the interview here

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November 3, 2010 12:00 pm

On the Beat: Building a Champion

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John Perrotto

How Brian Sabean and the Giants changed their philosophy, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

The Giants tried to win a World Series with all-time home run king Barry Bonds in the middle of their lineup for 15 seasons. All it got them was one trip to the fall classic, where they lost to the Angels in seven games in 2002.

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July 28, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Worth the Price

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John Perrotto

Rays lefty David Price is having a fine full first season in the major leagues, along with other news and notes from around the majors.

All talk about pitching phenoms now begins and ends with Stephen Strasburg. That is quite understandable as no pitcher in baseball history has ever arrived in the major leagues with quite the fanfare that the Nationals' right-hander did last month.

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