Duquette on GM meetings: Talked trade with clubs, made FA offers to fill bench
I talked to Dan Duquette after his first day at the general manager meetings in Milwaukee on Tuesday.
He said he had a busy schedule, which included meeting general managers he hadn’t been acquainted with, talking trade with several potential partners and talking to player representatives. He didn’t offer any specifics, except to say that the focus was more about building bench depth.
“We talked to a couple clubs, trying to see if we are compatible, and we put some offers out to some players to fill out our bench,” Duquette said.
Duquette said he’s “hoping to sign some of these players” within the next week.
As for trades, he said he felt the club had several attractive pieces to dangle in a deal. Asked specifically whether he would consider moving center fielder Adam Jones, who is a free agent after the 2013 season, Duquette said: “I like the composition of this ballclub up the middle, at catcher, shortstop and center field. Those guys are at an age where there is potential to improve, and they are exciting ballplayers for our fans to see.”
I took one more shot at the Jones question, and Duquette responded by saying, “We like those guys on our ballclub.”
So, at this point, you can probably scratch off the possibility of dealing Jones. At least for now.
Infield depth, specifically utility infield or second base, is still an area to pursue, Duquette said.