That’s according to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos:
Anthopoulos, on Wallace:
"We thought long and hard about this. We tried to find ways to make this trade without including Brett Wallace, but the Astros were pretty adamant that Brett was going to need to be part of this, and we ultimately made the decision. We felt this was the right move for us…
… When we finally had the opportunity to acquire Anthony, though it did cost us a very good player in Brett Wallace, who we think is ready for the Major Leagues right now, we felt it was the right move to make." "
The article points out that this is the third time the Blue Jays tried to acquire Gose – in the Halladay talks, again during Spring Training, and finally yesterday.
Anthopoulos, on Gose:
"All of our scouts came back and raved about him. From a consensus standpoint, every one of our scouts thought this was going to be an above-average, All-Star-caliber center fielder. We don't have too many reports that are unanimous that way."