Blue Jays could pursue a trade later this summer

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Royals at the Rogers...

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Royals at the Rogers Centre on Thursday night. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

On his website this week, Peter Gammons caused a minor stir among Blue Jays followers when he quoted Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos regarding payroll limitations and the potential for a mid-season trade.

“We are pretty much maxed out in terms of payroll,” Anthopoulos told Gammons, “but more important, we cannot keep trading our young pitchers (like Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris). We also have to be realistic about whom we can extend if we make a trade for him.”

Thursday evening, Anthopoulos met with local reporters to clarify the picture as he and his lieutenants prepare for next week’s amateur draft.

“It’s late May and we need to see how we play in June and we’ll re-evaluate things at the beginning of July,” said Anthopoulos. “If we’re in a good position then, we’ll know the landscape a little bit more with respect to our needs. I can have that conversation with Paul (Beeston) and Paul will have that conversation with ownership.

 


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