Anthopoulos reacts to McDonald’s new deal
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos held a conference call on Thursday afternoon to discuss Adam Loewen and Jesse Carlson being outrighted off the 40-man roster. The article for that story can be found on the main site but Anthopoulos also took some time to talk about John McDonald and Tony LaCava.
McDonald signed a two-year contract worth $3-million with Arizona on Wednesday night. He was originally expected to return to Toronto in 2012 but found a home with the Diamondbacks after making his postseason debut with the club this year. The Blue Jays also weren’t in the position to offer a multiyear contract to the fan favourite because of uncertainty with their roster.
LaCava, meanwhile, recently turned down an offer to become the general manager in Baltimore. LaCava went through a series of interviews with that organization in the past few weeks and as a result had to be kept out of the loop in Toronto’s day-to-day operations. The veteran executive is now back in the fold and Anthopoulos is busy bringing him up to speed.
Here are Anthopoulos’ comments regarding that and a little bit more. Don’t forget, you can follow me on Twitter @gregorMLB
On McDonald’s new contract with Arizona…
“He called me, basically when he was going to get that deal done, and that just tells you what kind of class act he is. He wanted to call me directly and let me know.
“I told him, look, it’s a great opportunity. We weren’t in a position to be able to react and do something like that right now just because there’s a lot of uncertainty with our club. Second base, that may impact what we decide to do with the utility spot, depending on who we end up going with there.
“Like I told John, as much as we love him, and he’s a total pro, he’s going to be a great fit on whatever team he’s on, we weren’t able to at this point make a decision and move forward until some other things played out.
“I think it’s a great deal for John. I know he enjoyed his time in Arizona. The management staff is outstanding, the team did a great job. He’s going to thrive and he’s going to a fan favorite on the West Coast too so he gets to spread his love on the East and the West. John will do well no matter where he goes.”
On LaCava being back with the Blue Jays…
“When he walked into the room we all stood up started to clap. It was like a big joke and everybody was really excited. It’s nice to have him back and I think he’s glad to be back. Just spending the last day and a half getting him caught up.
“He’s obviously been out of the loop for so long. It’s amazing, two or three weeks whatever it was that the process went on, even though it doesn’t seem like a long time a lot went on here so it’s taken quite a bit of time to get him caught him but things are pretty much back to the way they were.”
On current trade possibilities…
“Right now, there isn’t anything we’re excited about doing. But there’s always opportunities to make trades, it’s just ultimately are they good trades and are you willing to do them. It’s still so early in the process and the trade market I believe gets slowed up at this time of year because of free agents and it’s all about options.
“Right now there’s a lot of players that are available and I think every GM is in the same boat as they have a lot of balls in the air. Just like anything, when you make one move whether it’s one trade or one free agent signing it will close the door on a lot of other options and scenarios. I think that’s why it takes some time for these things to play out.”