GM Ross Atkins on his first spring training with the Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins (Nathan Denette/CP)
March 17, 2016, 11:32 AM

Ross Atkins, general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, guests on The Jeff Blair Show to share his thoughts on Baseball Canada’s program, the close connection the Jays have with the national organisation, the difficulty of scouting amateur leagues in which aluminum bats are used, if there’s any conversations with Edwin Encarnacion regarding a new deal, if there’s concern Encarnacion and Jose Bautista’s contract status could be a distraction this season, what he’s learned about John Gibbons since joining the franchise, the health status of Aaron Loup, the rationale behind some of the off-season acquisitions, the timeline to name a fifth starter, the process of familiarizing himself with prospects, and his assessment of Gavin Floyd.