As the hours tick down to the non-waiver trade deadline, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn’t let himself get too worked up about the possibilities.
“It’s kind of an exciting time,” commented Gibbons. “It gets everybody interested. But personally I don’t get caught up in it too much. Alex (Anthopoulos, the GM) asks me what I think about various guys and I give my blessing on most of it but whether it’s going to happen, I don’t know. But I think it’s a good time of the year for baseball. It drums up a lot of interest.”
That said, most of the pre-deadline talk is just that: Talk.
“Everybody gets excited about trades but they don’t always pan out. I don’t think, since I’ve been managing, that we have ever added a big impact guy at the deadline,” said Gibbons.
Short of acquiring an ace, Gibbons is equally ambivalent about whether he would like to add a mid-level starting pitcher or a quality reliever.