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    The Jays plan on having 21 pro scouts and 33 amateur scouts full-time next season compared to 27 in total in 2007.

    His first step is to flood the land with scouts. He plans to double the size of the club's scouting department. Anthopoulos says he will boost the number of area scouts from 14 to 25. Before, Anthopoulos said the Jays did not have any regional cross-checkers. He plans to have five, plus three national cross-checkers. He also plans to double the size of the pro scouting department from 10 to 21.

    By comparison, the Dodgers -- considered a scouting powerhouse -- list 16 area scouts, five cross-checkers and eight pro scouts in their media guide.

    But as a scout with another club points out, hiring more scouts also means supervising more people. "That can be a lot of egos to deal with," the scout said. "It sounds good and everything I hear about him is that he is genuine but he could be a little naive."

    When Anthopoulos first presented his plan, "it was a little alarming" to veteran scouts. But he says ownership and President Paul Beeston are "fully supportive."
    Pretty ambitious stuff, I can at least appreciate all the effort being put in. Even if player's salaries don't go up, you can bet they're spending way more than last year on the overall.

  • #2
    you forgot to post the key part


    Instead of trying to spend with the big-money teams, the Blue Jays will try to out-scout them. "If we have the best scouts and development people, we'll make the best trades, we'll sign the best players and ultimately that will result in the best players up in Toronto," Anthopoulos said.
    Its indeed an ambitious plan, but one worth taking in my Opinion!

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    • #3
      Some additions to the scouting staff so far:

      The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce the following appointments; GARY RAJSICH to the position of Professional Crosschecker, BRANDON MOZLEY as Regional Crosschecker, BRIAN PARKER to the position of Professional Scout & DAN COX as an Area Scout. TOM BURNS, DAN CHOLOWSKY & MATT BRIGGS have been promoted to the position of Regional Crosscheckers

      RAJSICH, was recently a professional scout with the Texas Rangers over the past three seasons. The Youngstown, Ohio native previously spent 12 seasons as an Amateur and Professional Scout for the Boston Red Sox and was credited with the signing of Jon Lester. Rajsich spent four seasons in the big leagues, from 1982-85 as an outfielder with the Mets, Cardinals, and Giants.

      MOZLEY, returns to the Blue Jays scouting department after three seasons with the Chicago Cubs as an Area Scout. Was an Area Scout with the Blue Jays from 2004-06, most notably signing Travis Snider in 2006.

      PARKER, was recently the Director of Baseball Operations with the Washington Nationals, assisting in all phases of baseball operations. The Arlington, Virginia resident spent seven seasons with Washington and Montreal, serving as the Director of Scouting from 2005-08. During the Expos final season in 2004, Parker was the Coordinator of Scouting and made the move with the club to Washington.

      COX, has been an Area Scout for the past five seasons, initially with the Minnesota Twins (2005-08) and most recently the Atlanta Braves (2009). The Honolulu, Hawaii native graduated from the Major League Scout Development Program in 2000 and has 13 years experience in baseball, working for Anaheim for three seasons and another four with Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau. Cox will be responsible for scouting Southern California in addition to Hawaii.

      BURNS, has been with the Blue Jays since 2004 and has signed several players currently in the system, most notably LHP Brett Cecil. Burns was the recipient of the Al LaMacchia Award in 2004, representing dedication, success & work ethics of Blue Jays baseball operations personnel.

      BRIGGS, also has been a key member of the scouting staff since 2004, signing key players such as J.P. Arencibia, Brad Emaus & most recently 2009 1st round pick Chad Jenkins. He also was an Al LaMacchia Award winner, earning the honours this past season.

      CHOLOWSKY, began his career with the Blue Jays in 2006 and has signed players such as LHP Brad Mills. The former University of California product has a wide array of experience in baseball, as a player, agent & coach, prior to joining the scouting ranks.

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      • #4
        Great Stuff!


        My only apprehension of getting rid of JP was replacing him with a man who would try to build through Free Agency!

        I see those fears are quelled with Anthropolous' early moves. I really like the direction he is putting in.

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        • #5
          While I agree that the Jays should build up the farm system first, I don't like the idea of shutting out free agency. If there's a type B free agent out there coming off a good year, I would sign him to a 1 year deal. If he underperforms compared to last year, there's still a good chance he'll be a type B again and you get 1 pick. If he performs well again, you could end up with a type A and bring in 2 picks. So basically, you're buying yourself someone who will not only perform and fill a need you have for 1 year, but you're also basically buying 1 or 2 picks. If I were another team, Rod Barajas is the kind of guy I'd be looking at if I had a starting catcher vacancy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by babaganoosh View Post
            While I agree that the Jays should build up the farm system first, I don't like the idea of shutting out free agency. If there's a type B free agent out there coming off a good year, I would sign him to a 1 year deal. If he underperforms compared to last year, there's still a good chance he'll be a type B again and you get 1 pick. If he performs well again, you could end up with a type A and bring in 2 picks. So basically, you're buying yourself someone who will not only perform and fill a need you have for 1 year, but you're also basically buying 1 or 2 picks. If I were another team, Rod Barajas is the kind of guy I'd be looking at if I had a starting catcher vacancy.
            Oh, We will sign Free Agent's, just not the Free Agents most fans want and expect: Superstars. Anthropolous will likely sign a handful of Free Agent's who can fill holes for Positions like SS and Catcher

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            • #7
              In terms of filling holes, Alex has actually indicated that he'd be more likely to go the trade route. I'm thinking Overbay will be used to net us either a SS or C, not too sure who else we'd try and trade (I don't count Wells because nobody would want him :P).

              And a little more clarificatino on the structure of the scouting department:

              His plan calls for 21 pro scouts (an increase of 11), 33 amateur scouts (a bump of 15), four Canadian scouts, international scout Marco Paddy and his staff of eight, plus part-timers for a total of 68 for 2010.

              The Jays will have 14 pro scouts responsible for two organizations each from top to bottom, from class-A to the majors.

              Scouts will get to know coaches with each organization, see players progress through the system.

              Organizational coverage isn't easy with teams spread in all four corners. Take the Kansas City Royals, with affiliates at triple-A Omaha, Neb., double-A Northwest Arkansas, Ark., class-A Wilmington, Del., class-A Burlington, Iowa, class-A Burlington, Va. and rookie-class Idaho Falls, Idaho.

              "We may spend more in travel, but it will be worth it," Anthopoulos said.
              The 14 scouts cover 28 organizations and Steve Springer will scout the 29th team top to bottom as well as individual sessions with some of the Jays' best hitting prospects. Springer produced the Quality At Bats CD and has tutored Troy Tulowitzki, Reed Johnson, Bobby Higginson and other major leaguers.
              Three pro scouts form a layer above that and three more scouts will have one division each, East, Central and West.

              On the amateur side, new scouting director Andrew Tinnish will have three cross-checkers in Marc Tramuta, Billy Gasparino and Tommy Tanous overseeing players across North America.

              Tinnish has five regional cross-checkers in place: Brandon Mozley (who signed Travis Snider) has been re-signed. Todd Burns (Brett Cecil), Matt Briggs (JP Arencibia), Dan Cholowsky (Brad Mills) and Bob Fontaine, former Seattle Mariners and Montreal Expos scouting director.

              Each will supervise five area scouts.

              Tinnish will have three video co-ordinators west, central and east.
              Too many new scouting position names

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              • #8
                I likes it! I likes it a lot! High time we stop complaining about being in the AL East and go out and proactively better the team from within. Signing upper echelon free agents is all well and good, but it really means nothing if you don't have strong homegrown depth.
                Like Maple Syrup, Canada's evil oozes over the United States.

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