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Jose Bautista, Casey Janssen “frustrated” and “disappointed” by Blue Jays’ lack of trade deadline activity

Aug 1, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Toronto was 38-24 and in first place by six games on June 6, but the Blue Jays have gone 22-26 since then and general manager Alex Anthopoulos did nothing at the trade deadline yesterday.

Several veteran players talked publicly about their unhappiness with the lack of moves, led by closer Casey Janssen telling Gregor Chisholm of

For us not to do anything, most of us had some ideas that we were going to
improve this club a little bit. It’s unfortunate we didn’t. At the same time, we just have to do what we have to do to win games and try to find ways to get into the playoffs. Yes, it was frustrating but we have to play tonight.

I think everyone is just kind of shocked with all the movement that happened and big names going in every direction. … I’ve never seen anything like it, I can’t remember anything like it, that was as crazy as this was and kind of down to the wire as the deadline approached. Like I say, congrats to those teams, they did good.

Star slugger Jose Bautista had a similar but slightly less outspoken take:

Of course it’s a little disappointing that we somehow weren’t able to get anything done, but everybody around us that’s in contention somehow–and even some teams that aren’t in contention, like the Red Sox–somehow figured it out. But there’s still time to get stuff done. We still have a pretty good team put together and we’re hoping to get the guys that are hurt back and that’ll be a good injection of talent for us down the road. … But it’s a little bit of disappointment.

According to various reports Toronto was linked to, among others, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jon Lester, Bartolo Colon, Chris Denorfia, and Alex Rios. And certainly Anthopoulos has shown a willingness to make a big splash in the past, so perhaps Bautista is right that the Blue Jays may yet add some help in August.

  1. Conner012367 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    These guys frustrated? uh i think Rangers fans are more frustrated, we didn’t really do anything except trade away our closer who is now failing at Detroit.

    • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Well yes, but the Blue Jays had a chance to increase their chances to get into the playoffs whereas the Rangers have been out of it for most of the season. It’s been quite a while for the Blue Jays and they have a lot of talent currently but they still need more pitching to really get themselves over the hump and one of those guys from yesterday would’ve made a big difference. If I were the Blue Jays I would’ve looked at this as a all in type of season as they’re probably not going to get a lot of these chances.

      • boogerhill - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        They got Nolan Reimold, they didn’t need to…oh waiy, he’s broken already!

      • nbjays - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

        If Reimold hitting those 2 home runs on Thursday night means he’s broken, I’ll take him broken, thanks.

      • boogerhill - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Stay tuned I am from Baltimore!

    • beefytrout - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      as a Rangers fan, I’m fine with the trade deadline and how they handled it. The only piece we really had to offer was Rios, and I’m pretty sure they’re planning on keeping him around for 2015. It’s not like there was one or two moves that JD could have made to get them back into it.

      • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I think Texas will be fine next season. They were hit hard with injuries this season so the season was a bit of a throwaway year, but I would be shocked if they don’t bounce back next season. They play in one of the toughest divisions now so it should be interesting.

      • Conner012367 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        yea, but i thought the rangers were trying to get back into playoff contention for next season

  2. baberuthslegs - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Teams that want to win now make deals on July 31.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      The best trades are made in the off season. The worst trades are made under pressure at the trade deadline.

      • baberuthslegs - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        You are right PC, I’m just saying teams who see a chance for themselves at this point in the season make some moves.

      • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        So you’re telling me you would’ve been upset with either Lester or Price being traded to the Jays? I think good pitching almost always beats good hitting.

      • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        Really? “Good pitching almost always beats good hitting” is something people like to say with out thinking about it.

        Team pitching leaders (by ERA+) and results:

        2014 Seattle (Currently -3 in the Wild Card)
        2013 Kansas City (Finished -6.5 in the Wild card)
        2012 Tampa Bay (Finished -3 in the Wild card)
        2011 Texas (Won AL West, lost WS)
        2010 Oakland (Finished -14 in the Wild card)
        2009 Chicago (Finished -16 in the Wild card)

        2014 Washington (Leads NL East)
        2013 Atlanta (Won NL East, lost NLDS)
        2012 Cincinnati (Won NL Central, lost NLDS)
        2011 Philadelphia (Won NL East, lost NLDS)
        2010 San Francisco (Won NL West, won WS)
        2009 San Francisco (Finished -4 in the Wild card)

        “Good pitching rarely wins” would be more accurate.

  3. jfk69 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    From The Front Office:

    Start here…………….

    Look around at your teammates that are not producing.

    Get back to me at contract time


  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    How about be mad at your teammates for under performing (or getting your hopes up by over performing previously)?

    • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Under performing? A lot of their players are having a career season. That’s why this should be an all in season to ride this out as far as they can go.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        If they’re under .500 in their last 48 games then someone has to be under performing.

      • twinfan24 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        If no one is underperforming, who were new guys going to replace?

    • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Most of the AL east is under performing as they’re just not that good as a whole, but the Blue Jays have a very potent offense and one that could be dangerous in a short series. I just don’t think they have enough quality starters or a good enough bullpen to make that happen though.

      • nbjays - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Only the Tigers and A’s starters have more wins in the AL, and the Jays’ rotation has better stats across the board than the Orioles’, so I’d say the starters are doing ok.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Since the All Star Break, the Jays are 11 and 3. They are very hot despite missing their #4, #5 and #6 hitters due to injuries. Encarnacion, Lind and Lawrie will all return to action quite soon. I doubt that any team added players of that quality at the deadline. The Jays are solidly in a Wild Card spot and are only 1.5 games behind Baltimore. The players may have hoped for a big name addition; however, they do not know what the other teams wanted in return. AA said that the fans and players would have been very upset if he had accepted any of the trade offers that were presented to him. As far as performance on the field is concerned, last night after the deadline had passed, Bautista had a solo HR and a run scoring sacrifice fly. Janssen got the save. It was Toronto’s sixth win in a row. Two home runs including the winning 9th inning home run were hit by a player they got of the waiver wire.

    Conclusions: (!) If you can’t improve the team by making a trade, don’t do it and (2) Some of the best trades you make are the ones you don’t do.

    • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      I said it up above so I apologize for the duplication, but you’re telling me you would’ve been upset with either Lester or Price being traded to the Jays? I think good pitching almost always beats good hitting.

      It’s not like the Jays have been knocking on this playoff door all that often the last 20 years and I would think you need to take your shots when you have them and this is certainly one of those times.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Lester, Price and Lackey were traded outside the Division. They were not going to be traded within the Division. Their absence from the AL East helps the Jays.

      • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        You don’t know if that was by design or just how it worked out. I don’t think Boston had any issues with trading within the division as it seemed as Baltimore was in the mix for a little while.

        And the division stuff goes out the window when you’re looking at the playoffs. If the Jays are able to get to the postseason, they will most likey have have to face Lester or Price in a short series.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Aside from Stroman, Sanchez, and Norris they didn’t have too many trade chips to deal anyways right? I know the Miami and Dickey deals kind of cleaned out the cupboard when it came to their farm system.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Agreed and they were not going to trade any of those young high upside controllable pitchers.

      • pete2112 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        That’s a fair point and maybe they just didn’t have the guys to trade, but I have a hard time believing if they did have the trade bait that they would not have been in on Lester or Price. Either of those two guys could be the difference in a short series.

  6. drewzducks - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    This not surprising to anyone. Now that the Jays are done with the floundering Sox and the Astros after Sunday, they’ll have 9 against Baltimore, Seattle and Detroit. If they can win 6 of those they should be in decent position going forward. If not, they’ll be wishing they went all in to bring back favorite son and molto caliente JPA.

  7. Paper Lions - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Welcome to the joys of corporate ownership…where profit is priority #1, and #2, and #3….and there are only 3 priorities.

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