Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Drop In The Bucket

Anthopoulosterbating, as I like to call it, is easy, not to mention fun. After reflecting for a day or so on the seemingly trivial deal that brought Trystan Magnuson back to Toronto from Oakland for cash considerations, I think it serves as a nice case study in examining the methodology of the Toronto G.M. Lend me your ears, friends, as we further examine this particular section of the infinite feedback loop of players moving between Oakland and Toronto!

After sending Magnuson to Oakland in the Rajai Davis deal, the right-handed reliever proved to be marginally ineffective in just shy of 15 innings of major league work in Oakland, posting a WHIP over 1.3. After being shut down in August due to injury, Anthopoulos saw an opportunity to buy low on an  (admittedly maple-syrupy) asset, and took it. To be clear - Magnuson is a far cry from a legitimate high ceiling prospect. We are not going to see any surprise 17 strike out performances, and depending on how the bullpen drama shakes out this off season, we potentially won't even see him in the big leagues. What he offers is what any 26 year old fringey reliever offers: flexibility. At the risk of waxing tautologically and using confusing idioms, having lots of cheap players gives you more options. Whether it be as a throw-in/side-piece to a deal, or as a low-leverage relief option in the bullpen, Magnuson's value stems as much from his ability to play baseball as it does from the managements ability to really do whatever the fuck they want with him.

Plus, you know, him and Gordie can go catch the Canucks game at Gretzky's.

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