Toronto Blue Jay General Manager Alex Anthopoulos held his season ending press conference, Monday morning.
The team was eliminated from the post-season Friday night in Kansas after making it to game six of the American League Championship Series. “0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. That’s what it came down to.” Anthopoulos said.
Despite the tough result, the Jays G.M. had no shortage of high praise for the 2015 season. “There is pride across the entire organization.”
The Jays GM was also quick to thank fans who showed up constantly down the regular season stretch and sold out the Rogers Centre right through the post-season. “We put Toronto back on the map.” Anthoupoulos added.
As for the off-season – Anthopolous, who remains without a contract, offered little.
Starting pitching remains a very big question mark. Anthopolous is guaranteed to have Marcus Stroman back next season with an option on veteran knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey. However, David Price and Marco Estrada are both free agents and will demand big money, long term contracts. “(Price) was great for us. Anthopolous said. “We have strong interest in David being back and we know he has interest in returning; where it goes from there I don’t know” the G.M. added.
Anthopoulos also told reporters he has a list of free agents the team has interest in, but doesn’t anticipate any decision being made in the immediate future.
Meanwhile, speaking on his return from a trip to London England, Mayor John Tory proclaimed that Tuesday will be Blue Jays appreciation day in the city.
He is encouraging people to wear blue and white and to take to social media to share memories from the past season.