Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos met up with the team in Anaheim today to discuss a variety of issues with manager Cito Gaston. Anthopoulos also watched another tightly-contested game, though Toronto came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Angels.
Even with the loss, and this 3-5 road trip, the fact remains that the Blue Jays are within striking distance of the American League East leaders and are exceeding expectations. The offense has been powerful and the pitching staff has been solid for the most part.
So, the question is, in this year of building or rebuilding of whatever you want to deem it, what if the Blue Jays remain in contention as the season wears on? Anthopoulos has a long-term plan in mind, but could a strong showing up until the July 31 Trade Deadline suddenly turn Toronto into buyers?
For Anthopoulos, he could be presented with a situation where he is balancing being reactionary about what is happening now with being mindful of the long-term plan.
“You’re always balancing that,” Anthopoulos said. “I think that’s a great problem to have. We’re still sitting here pretty much at the end of May — two months into the season. Really, by the time we get to the Trade Deadline, that’s another two months away. We’re halfway to the trading deadline, so a lot can change over that time for the better or for the worse.
“If we’re in that position come late July, that means this team has been playing well start to finish, there’s been a consistency. I’m sure the offense will continue to be good and the rotation will continue to solidify itself. If that happens, you always try to evaluate how close are you relative to the other teams. You’re balancing the short term and the long term. That’d be a great problem to have and a great position to be in.”
Anthopoulos added that it is important to remain realistic.
“No matter who you are,” Anthopoulos said, “whether you’re a team that’s been there every single year or not, you’re always balancing the short term with the long term. You also have to be realistic, too, with your lot in life and your place in the standings and the construction of the team. We make the evaluation of where are we positioned, how are we placed, how realistic is it, whether we go out and get someone, what would the piece cost. Those are things we would all balance.”
So, time will tell…