Maybe it is unfair to run an approval poll when the team has lost three games in a row, but I am curious at what people think of Alex Anthopoulos.
Alex was like a breath of fresh air when he was hired, taking over from, the less than universally loved, J.P. Ricciardi. Alex. Alex came in immediately added a bunch of scouts. More scouts, at least in the abstract, seemed like a good idea. I guess it depends on the particular scouts (I'm sure, like any job, there are good scouts and bad scouts and I'd imagine one good scout is better than 10 bad ones), but more seems better.
Alex made a point of improving the minor league system something we all liked. Of course, later, he made a series of trades to decimate the system he built up.
He's hired two managers. John Farrell, a terrible failure of a hire (though I'm not sure you can blame Alex for not being able to see into the future) and John Gibbons, the jury is still out on that hire.
His drafting seems to be better than JP's, but I'm not a fan of our continuous punting of our first round pick. We seem to do better with later picks than our top picks.
I'm really not a fan of his obsession with 8 man bullpens and putting together a useful bench seems to be beyond him.
Sometimes I find him impatient. He'll bring in a player, they have a bad game or two and he sends them out again. I think that fans can be impatient, GMs....they should be able to take a longer view, trust their instincts (or their scouts) and give the players time to prove themselves.
His trades? Well, let's look at a handful of his major trades:
- His chair was barely warm when he was pretty much forced to trade Roy Halladay. At the time, it did seem like he got a good return, Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud. Drabek...well you know, hasn't become the pitcher to envisioned. Taylor begot Brett Wallace, who begot Anthony Gose (and the jury is still out on him). d'Arnaud left in a trade we'll talk about later.
- Alex traded Brandon League and Johermyn Chavez for Brandon Morrow, a trade that worked out, but maybe not as well as we hoped, but still is a positive.
- Sent Alex Gonzalez, Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky for Yunel Excobar and JoJo Reyes. Again a win, again it didn't turn out to be as big a win as we thought it would be.
- The trade that made him a hero: Vernon Wells to the Angels for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. Trading the untradable contract. I wish he hadn't moved flipped Napoli for Frankie Frank Frank, but still a huge win.
- Another big win, we got Colby Rasmus (and a handful of seat fillers) from the Cardinals for Edwin Jackson (who we got from the White Sox for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart), Scrabble, Octavio Dotel and Cory Patterson.
- A loss, Aaron Hill and John McDonald to the Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson.
- Then the big trade Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, (and a bunch of prospects) for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and Jeff Mathis. I hate the excuse that 'any GM would have made this trade' as true as it may be. I'd rather have the guy that makes the move everyone hates which turns out to be a winner. With all the scouts we have, you'd think someone would have said 'hey Emilio can't play second. And, whoever did the physical on Josh Johnson should never get work from the Jays again.
- Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard (and others) to the Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole (and others). The jury might still be out on this one, but I'd like to have TdA and Noah back.
Alex hasn't signed many big free agents. Three of note are Maicer Izturis, Melky Cabrera and Dioner Navarro.
So, the question for you all. Do you approve of the job that Alex is doing for the Blue Jays?