Alex Anthopoulos is at it again. Earlier this evening Toronto acquired outfield prospect Anthony Gose from the Houston Astros in exchange for Brett Wallace, one of the top corner infield prospects in the MLB. Gose, a 6’1, 190 pound speedster has a great glove and obvious potential. Anthopoulos has made it abundantly clear that he believes Gose has what it takes to become a great player. This past off-season, Anthopoulos attempted to acquire Gose from the Phillies as part of the deal that sent Cy young winner Roy Halladay on his way out of Toronto. Unfortunately, the Phillies refused to include Gose in the deal. But now, months later, Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays have landed their guy.
What We Gave Up
Gose came at a price. Brett Wallace is a very talented major league ready first basemen. It had appeared he would be in the Jay’s long term plans since current big league starter Lyle Overbay will most likely not be back for another season in Toronto. But Anthopoulos had other ideas.
Was it a smart trade?
Many of the moves made by the Jay’s rookie GM have been questioned, but most of them have panned out. Only a few weeks earlier Anthopoulos traded hot hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez to Atlanta for a slumping, unhappy Yunel Escobar. Since Escobar’s arrival in Toronto, he has hit .354 with 2 homers and has been stellar defensively.
Alex Anthopoulos has made it clear that he will do whatever it takes to make Toronto an annual contender in the years to come. So far he has the organization moving in that direction.
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Written by Trent Sconnely