One of the points that GM Alex Anthopoulos wanted to stress was that payroll concerns weren’t an issue as far as not being able to make a deal. Reports the past week from various sources and clubs suggest otherwise.
“Not at all,” Anthopoulos said. “Definitely just didn’t come out to lining up on value. I know a lot has been made about payroll and things like that, I can’t stress this enough, especially going through the trade deadline. Our payroll is the highest it has ever been in the history of the organization. It has gone up last year, I believe over 12% at this point.