Blue Jays GM not worried yet

Blue Jays GM not worried yet
April 11, 2013, 9:45 am
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The Blue Jays, practically everyone’s pick to win the American League East with their revamped roster that includes pitchers R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle and shortstop Jose Reyes, haven’t exactly taken off yet. They’re 3-5 and sitting at the bottom of the division for the moment.

So, even at this early juncture of the season, it’s never too soon to ask general manager general manager Alex Anthopoulos whether he’s concerned.

“No, it’s too early,” he told the Toronto media this week, as reported by “The same way, there will be a time when we’re playing very well and you’ll ask me how good do you feel about this team and I’ll say I’m not going to make too much of a five-game winning streak or whatever it might be over the course of a season. It’s too long, I’ve been through it enough years now, enough seasons to know the peaks and valleys.”

With all of the new additions, the question has come up about whether they are pressing while trying to quickly make a good impression.

“I don’t think so. Because Reyes is hitting .430 or whatever it is, and he’s new to the team. [Edwin] Encarnacion and [Jose] Bautista and some of the other guys that have been here aren’t performing yet the way they can. Obviously, they’re going to hit some home runs. And they’ve been here a while. I don’t know. I know we look for reasons why guys get off to slow starts and again you just can’t make too much of it. …  You just can’t react to tiny sample sizes at this point.”

So he isn’t going to sweat it for quite a while, Anthopoulos said.

 “To me, I’m not really going to start to bear down until August or September, to be honest with you. Even if you’re playing well, things can change fast. I mean, we were two games out of a wild card spot at the end of July and then the last two months we played very poorly. Again, late August, early September is when you really start to say OK, that’s how fast things can change.”