With the Blue Jays season teetering on the brink, Alex Anthopoulos' tenure as Blue Jays GM could be entering a crucial period.
According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, should Toronto continue to slide in the standings, the fifth-year GM could find himself out of work along with his hand-picked manager John Gibbons.
“If they win 81 games or less the answer is no and that would include the manager too,” Griffin said on TSN 1050 when asked what it would take for the Jays to jettison their 37-year-old general manager.
Entering the second year of a five year window in which president Paul Beeston promised three playoff berths, Griffin said the pressure is on Anthopoulos, with Jose Bautista suggesting at the All-Star Game the team could benefit from a move to help a team that has dropped eight of their last 10 games to fall out of a playoff spot.
“For Anthopoulos to make one of two or three moves that are possible -- that are needed -- I think would send a good message in the clubhouse, and if he makes no move, this thing could fall apart,” Griffin said, referencing the need for a right-handed hitting infielder along with a starter to bolster a rotation that, according to Griffin has only two proven starters in R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.
Griffin: Poor finish could cost AA his job