Grading Toronto Blue Jays on the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings

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Grading Toronto Blue Jays on the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings
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John Gibbons speaks to the media at the 2013 Winter Meetings

As the 2013 winter meetings come to a close, it is time to see how the Toronto Blue Jays fared this year. In past years, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made various big moves, including trading away Roy Halladay and the blockbuster that transformed the team last year.

The winter meetings are hit-or-miss when it comes to player movement. It is dependent on the free-agent market, the perceived value of players and whether or not teams are willing to trade, but this year was fairly busy. There was even a reported fight between player agents!

Despite all the movement of players, the Toronto Blue Jays failed to address some of their well-documented weaknesses. Their need to add starting pitching went unanswered, as did their call for an everyday second baseman.

The system I used to grade is as follows—and just to be very clear, I made it up, so feel free to tell me what you really think in the comments section.

  • An ‘A+’ grade represents acquiring all the pieces the team required at exceptional value.
  • A grade of ‘B’ would be awarded if the team acquired some, but not all, of their required pieces.
  • A ‘C’ grade represents a team that failed to address their needs at all.
  • Below a ‘C’ is if the team made trades that either did not address their needs or so horribly overpaid in a trade that it was detrimental to the organization.

The scale is incremental with a plus and minus increment associated with each letter value.

 

Toronto Blue Jays 2013 Winter Meetings Grade: C-

I wanted to award the Blue Jays a grade of "F". Or, whatever is worse than "F". I really did. As a fan who has watched Anthopoulos make a number of fantastic trades over the past few years, I expected him to make the necessary trades to substantially improve the team.

It did not happen. And, it made me pretty angry. How? How could Anthopoulos not make these trades? But then, I really thought about it.

Anthopoulos has earned my trust that if the right deal had presented itself, he would have made it. Moreover, he will do everything in his power to create a deal. And, the only thing worse than not making a deal would be making a bad deal where the team either takes on a player with a bad contract or mortgages the future of the organization for little improvement to the current team.

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Thankfully, Anthopoulos did not do that. He did not feel pressured enough to add starting pitching and a second baseman to make a bad trade. He stood his ground and refused to make a bad trade. In this story on TSN.ca, Anthopoulos was quoted as saying, "I just think, right now, the acquisition cost just doesn't work for us right now."

I would rather Anthopoulos realize that the price is not right and not make a trade just for the sake of upgrading at a position. An example of this is the rumor that he inquired about David Price but was not keen on shipping prospects Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.

There were a number of deals and players rumored to be on the move, but nothing materialized. Colby Rasmus was rumored to be available, but Anthopoulos denied it. Teams inquired about Adam Lind, but nothing materialized. Anthopoulos even had a three-team trade worked out before it was kiboshed when a player failed his physical.

Sure, Anthopoulos did not make a bad trade. And for that, I am thankful. But, he still did not make the necessary moves to improve the team. Thus, a "C-" grade. But that is just my opinion; what do you think of the Blue Jays' actions, or lack of action, at the winter meetings?

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