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Report: Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos on thin ice


07:58 AM ET 12.29 | The honeymoon could be over for Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. No longer is he viewed as baseball's Boy Wonder, as he was after taking over from J.P. Ricciardi on Oct. 3, 2009. No longer is he perceived as the game's rising star, a 32-year-old with unlimited vision and the vigour of youth. No longer is he looked upon as one step ahead, ready to re-invent the GM position. One executive at the recent winter meetings indicated that other GMs now realize that when they are talking to Anthopoulos about a potential trade, it may just be information gathering. Some have become more careful in their conversations. Maybe it's time to adjust.

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December 29, 2013  09:35 AM ET

You have to believe that ownership gave the GM the ok to make that blockbuster trade with the Fish last winter and turned out a bust. Now thy seem the Sox win the WS and their team is nowhere close to being in the same conversation with them and the Yankees for contenders in the East Division and someone has got to pay for that major mistake.

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December 29, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Still December. The ice will get thicker the next two months in Canada.

December 29, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Still December. The ice will get thicker the next two months in Canada.


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December 30, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Half the people on these message boards could write better articles, than this latest rumour.

December 30, 2013  07:09 PM ET

For 50yearfan, I hope that the ice doesn't get any thicker. I live in Toronto, and I've seen more than enough ice to last a couple of years.

December 31, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Greeks don't know anything about baseball

January 2, 2014  02:38 AM ET

AA is terrible. Absolutely terrible. The Jays are so hooped for such a long time.

January 5, 2014  11:50 AM ET

"Maybe it's time to adjust" doesn't justify a headline of '... on thin ice.'

This snippet is talking about how difficult it is becoming for Alex to make a deal, as other GM's are now wary of him. Give the Blue Jays a chance to show what they can on the field this year - not on paper - and then you can analyze the moves he's made all you'd like.

I think having a bona fide Number One defensive catcher (and a specialist that R.A. Dickey is comfortable with) might give the Jays maybe 10 extra wins next year.

You just know that John Gibbons, at some point, must have pleaded with Alex to "find him a catcher" last year. The biggest mistake was sticking with J.P. Arencibia behind the plate as long as they did. The guy's confidence was shaken, then totally gone, by May 1st. They stuck with him hoping his error-prone ways would 'work themselves out', but after two or three months of no improvement (in truth, J.P. continued to get worse) they should have tried a different solution behind the plate. None of the Blue Jay's pitchers were confident with him behind the plate last year: If you had a catcher who continuously allowed balls to pass him by, would you want to try throwing outside or inside pitches? You wouldn't. You'd be forced to throw right over the plate - which is exactly what they had to do (except R.A., of course). There were a lot of huge, fat curveballs and fastballs hanging right dead center for hitters to tee up on last year.


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