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During his relatively short time as a major league general manager, Anthopoulos has never been incredibly active at the trade deadline.
However, being an intelligent GM, he's constantly looking to improve his team, both long-term and short-term. It's wrong to group teams into the "buyer" or "seller" category at the trade deadline, especially when it comes to Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays.
He won't be "buying" or "selling". He'll be trying to improve his team.
To borrow a term from Jonah Keri, he'll be looking for positive arbitrage regardless of the impact on the short-term or long-term.
A perfect example of this came in 2010, when Anthopoulos recognized that shortstop Alex Gonzalez was playing well above his head at 34 years old, dealing him for then 28-year-old Yunel Escobar.
In 2011, he took advantage of the trend of overvaluing relievers at the trade deadline by teams heading into the postseason, showing his savvy in making two successive trades to acquire Colby Rasmus.
Anthopoulos is intelligent enough to recognize when his assets are overvalued and attempts to fill organizational needs in the process. His approach to the trade deadline appears to be one of taking advantage of the inflated value of his own players based on other team's needs.
He is active in the sense that he can make improvements to his team at the trade deadline, but passive in the sense that he will not act only on what the Blue Jays need immediately.
What the Blue Jays need immediately is another starting pitcher.
With the Ricky Romero saga ongoing and Brandon Morrow out until August, the Jays have had something of a revolving door at the bottom of their rotation.
The team has already used more starting pitchers than they did in the injury-filled 2012 season, and they're still looking for a solution from the minor leagues.
If Anthopoulos recognized that he needed a shortstop and a centre fielder in 2010 and 2011 respectively, then he certainly recognizes that he needs another depth starter in 2013. Most of the names that have been mentioned in trade rumours, like Matt Garza, Yovanni Gallardo and Jake Peavy, do not seem like fits in Toronto.
Anthopoulos won't waste his time with bigger names, which would require a larger package from the Jays. He will add a starter as a depth move until Morrow, J.A. Happ and potentially Kyle Drabek can return, but it may not be anyone Jays fans have ever heard of.
Another highly-likely scenario involves Darren Oliver heading to a contending team.
The Jays re-signed Oliver in the offseason under the pretences that Toronto would make the playoffs. The veteran had very little interest in returning to the majors for 2013 but became enticed by the Jays' big winter trades.
Despite trying to add value in every possible situation, Anthopoulos will do right by Oliver and trade him to the Texas Rangers.
Don't be surprised if Oliver isn't the only Jays reliever to be traded before July 31. Anthopoulos is known for dealing from positions of strength, and the Toronto bullpen is stacked with players sporting very nice-looking statistics who could bring above-value returns.