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Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos open to extending veteran players

Mar 28, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Anthopoulos talks to the media at the team's MLB baseball spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida Reuters

In a Q&A with Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says that he would consider further extending veterans Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Reyes. In doing so, Anthopoulos cited veterans Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz as examples of older players being very productive. He added, “I would not put it past [Bautista] at all to play 10 more years because of how well he takes care of himself.”

Bautista, 33, is under contract through 2015 at $14 million per year, with a $14 million club option for 2016 which includes a $1 million buyout. Encarnacion, 31, is under contract through 2015 with $19 million remaining, and he also has a club option for 2016 worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout. Reyes, 30, is under contract through 2017 with $82 million remaining, and he has a $22 million club option for 2018 with a $4 million buyout.

  1. 13arod - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    the bluejays might as well rebuild their hitting is more then solid but their pitching is really bad they won’t contend without better pitching

  2. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I would be shocked to see him give Reyes any kind of extension unless he larded it with performance incentives up the wazoo. A terrific player during the increasingly rare stretches when he’s healthy, Reyes has demonstrated an awful fragility for years now. If he isn’t willing to let that be taken into account in any new contract, the Feather Lice ought to trade him or, at the very least, let him walk when his current contract is up.

  3. straightouttavtown - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Why does this guy still have a job? AA is such a fraud. Remember when the Jays were favored to win it all last year? He sold the farm to take on a bunch of bad contracts Loria didn’t want to pay.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Not to dispute what you’ve just said, but Scrooge McLoria doesn’t want to pay good contracts either. The guy is a muddle wrapped in a pizzle wrapped in an enema.

    • nbjays - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      How is AA to blame for the sports media’s delusional belief that those trades guaranteed the Jays the World Series? Hell, I’ve been a Blue Jays fan since they came into existence, and I didn’t believe all that hype. Media hype, speculation and sensationalism seems to trump everything else these days.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        nb: it’s called the “buck stops here” principle. As we know, however, spawrtsriters and spawrts tork raydeeo commentators understand how to apply this principle to baseball about as well as your middle-of-the-curve junior high school student understands E = mc2. Fairly or unfairly, he made the decisions to bring in high priced guys who collectively finished in the basement and thereby made the jobs of simpletons simpler.

        Add to that, whereas anyone who knows anything about baseball (which category excludes our virtual village idiot, of course) understands how severely health issues played into it last season’s debacle, AA followed up by doing so little this past orfseason to succor his pitching staff that the same knives that were out by last midseason are out again, and no one feels inclined to waste any effort sharpening them.

      • nbjays - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        Yep, and if the Jays stay healthy and manage to put up a decent showing this year – make the playoffs, even – then those same blithering idiots will be praising him for his unmatched baseball business sense and faith in his players. Got it, Gator.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Make the playoffs? What the hell are you smoking? That toilet flushing sound you are hearig? That’s the 2014 bluegays season pal!! You know Toronto fans must love to lie to themselves into actually thinking they have a chance each year even when the facts show that’s NOT gonna happen buddy!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        How is AA to blame? Ummm lets see the bad trades\FA signings that he made perhaps? Take your head out of your a$$ son and look at what he’s done!!

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        When our virtual village idiot invokes the sound of a toilet flushing, it’s just the objective correlative of the sound of a thought about a flushing toilet rising from his subconscious mindlessness to his unconscious mindlessness.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    I hope he gives both RA and Mark another 5 years a piece! By then their fastballs should be sitting in the mid 60’s range.

    • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      It’s indicative of how utterly clueless you are that you speak of R A as having a “fastball” in the first place.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Obviously you never seen him pitch because if you did you would know he does throw a fastball once in a while but once again you prove how little you know about the game you post so much about.

      • Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        I’m sorry, dimwit. It was totally unfair of me to expect you to comprehend the irony in my comment.

  5. garybrian - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it!

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