BY CLAYTON RICHER – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
After the recent Blue Jays trade tirade, free agent frolic and manager meddling I find myself a little smitten, man-crushing on Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
The “Silent Assassin” cast the first stone of the off-season sending warning shots to the league’s 29 other general managers that the Blue Jays will be a force to be reckoned with come April.
Anthopoulos lured a plethora of talent, experience and character out of Miami in a blockbuster deal that has already garnered comparisons to the Alomar/Carter deal of 1990.
Then while the iron was still hot Anthopoulos signed Melky Cabrera offering the “Melkman” a Canadian cleansing to jump start his career north of the border.
Still want more if that wasn’t enough to quench your Blue Jays thirst?
Anthopoulos stayed true to his code of silence hiring former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons sending shock waves through the baseball world.
Gibbons managed Adam Lind and Jose Bautista in 2008 as well as Melky Cabrera in Kansas City while he was the bench coach for the Royals.
Even though the reunion of Gibbons caught every baseball beat writer from Toronto to Tallahassee off guard and stunned, once rationalized the move made compete sense.
The Blue Jays have stunned the fan base increasing their payroll to over $120 million in the matter of weeks with speculation that Anthopoulos and company are still in talks for a front of the rotation starter on the horizon.
In light of the recent events regarding the Blue Jays anything is possible and the baseball world has definitely taken notice.
Stay tuned Blue Jay fans because the magician known as Alex Anthopoulos just may pull a Greinke out of his magic hat.
Clayton Richer is a baseball writer for Baseball Hot Corner, his interviews and blogs can be found daily at www.baseballhotcorner.com as well you can also follow him on twitter MLBHotCorner
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