New general manager Alex Anthop-a-vowels is looking pretty shrewd to me early in his tenure at the helm of the once mighty Blue Jays. Word is that the Boston Red Sox have signed Marco Scutaro to play shortstop for them this season.
On the surface you might be wondering how this transaction makes Toronto better? Scutaro was arguably one of Toronto’s most reliable players over the past two seasons and his contributions and steady play will surely be missed. However Anthop-a-vowels turned a 34 year old shortstop who was a journeyman before his stint in Toronto into a 3 for 1 trade with their divisional rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Let me explain.
Earlier this month the Jays signed former Boston short stop Alex Gonzalez to a short term deal to be their starting short stop. At the same time they offered Scutaro arbitration knowing that he most likely wouldn’t accept it, but by doing so they ensured that they would receive 2 high draft picks as compensation if a team signed Scutaro due to his Type A free agent status. Presto…change-o as luck would have the Bosox complied thus making the transaction line read like this: Marco Scutaro for Alex Gonzalez, a 1st round pick and a sandwich pick (between 1st/2nd rounds).
Hopefully Anthop-a-vowels can continue act in this shrewd manner to restock the Jays system with talent. 1993 seems so long ago.