As if Alex Anthopoulos turning down a five-year contract extension offer from the Blue Jays and stepping down as general manager a week after being in the ALCS wasn’t drama enough, now there’s this:
Minutes before beginning a conference call with the local Toronto media to explain his side of the decision Anthopoulos received word from The Sporting News that he won the Executive of the Year award as voted on by his peers.
Anthopoulos said all the right things during the conference call, tossing around compliments without pointing any fingers, but it seems clear that once he realized the scope of his role in the Blue Jays’ front office was changing with the arrival of new team president Mark Shapiro he no longer wanted to be the GM, long-term contract or not.
And now he’s a free agent, albeit one with a shiny new award.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.