Alex Anthopoulos recognized that now was the time to strike. He has done so with ferocity.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager had had enough of his club finishing fourth in a five-team division in each of the past five seasons, so when opportunities to make the team part of the American League’s elite presented themselves, Anthopoulos jumped.
His latest move is the proposed deal that would land National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey in a trade with the New York Mets for two top prospects, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The deal is subject to Dickey agreeing to a contract extension with the Blue Jays. He has until 2 p.m. ET Tuesday to decide.
Assuming Dickey signs the extension and the deal goes through, he would be the latest piece in a massive overhaul that has changed the Blue Jays from a doormat to a legitimate title contender. Over the past month, Anthopoulos has transformed the lineup and rotation; both are now among the best in the division and possibly the majors.