Monday, December 20, 2010
Matsui demands no-trade clause to Toronto
Hideki Matsui has a limited no-trade clause preventing trades to SEA, BALT, MIN, TOR, CLE, KC. This is incredibly sad news, even the Japanese Players don't want to come to Toronto. Out of these teams, Toronto had the only winning record and was competitive for the entire year. I guess winning 85 Games isn't enough to warrant respect from free agents. I think this is a major reason why Anthopoulos didn't trade players away at the deadline. Knowing they were going to be leaving, he felt a potential fire sale would have more damage to the organization. A winning atmosphere is a very important part of the growth of any organization, especially one as young as this.