When Alex Anthopoulos speaks, Blue Jays nation listens. The GM of the Jays is a great baseball mind and he definitely loves to talk about the game and the future of the team. The team held their annual ‘State of the Franchise’ for season ticket holders and General Manager Anthopoulos, Manager John Farrell and President Paul Beeston each took time to discuss the current health of the franchise.
Here is a brief, high-level summary of the live webcast.
Farrell told the crowd he was optimistic about the Jays’ chances this season.
“I go into this year with ultimate optimism. I think we return a team that was the fifth highest scoring offence in the American League. I really feel like our main area to make up those ten games that we’ve got to get into playoff hunt is going to come from the quality innings pitched from our rotation,” he said.
Beeston was also positive about the future of the Jays.
“I, for one, feel very very strongly that not only are we going in the right direction, but there are so many ways that it can be manifested. In the way that the minor league teams are doing, the way the major league teams are doing, the way that Alex has directed this club and the way that John is leading this club, that I think our future is very very very bright.”
On Prince Fielder:
“If it has been a five year deal, we would have been there.”
Alex Anthopolous added that the roster will continue to turn over this year.
“The roster, in the two years that I have been on the job, has turned over a ton and I think it has a chance to continue to turn over. We’re going to continue to make trades, continue to add players.”
He also stated “the talent level we have, there’s tremendous upside and high ceiling to this club.”
On free agent pursuits:
“Some players don’t want to play on turf, some don’t want to DH, some don’t want to switch leagues”.
On Yu Darvish:
“We’re linked to everyone, but again, we’re not going past 5 years. There’s a lot of guys out there in the league that we like, but we like them at a certain price. That’s why we like the trade route, instead of the FA route. We could have made trades to excite fans, but some of those deals wouldn’t have worked out well long-term.
Pretty standard question and answer type stuff and nothing really earth shattering here. But isn’t is nice to be discussing baseball?