Shockingly, there are no photos of the Blue Jays' Assistant GM, but I'm pretty sure the guy on the right is close enough. (Photo by W. G. Phillips/Phillips/Getty Images)
The Red Sox are after more front office help, and according to Gordon Edes, it's Toronto assistant GM Tony LaCava they've got their eye on.
Is there any old guy in Toronto they don't covet?
It's kind of sketchy business trying to figure out the value of any member of the front office, and generally you have to go more by the quality of the full operation unless there's an unusual amount of insider information about the performance of the individual in question. In this case, then, the initial takeaway is in favor of LaCava, given that moves made by Alex Anthopoulos' regime generally make sense, even if they haven't produced particularly good teams.
Of course, it's worth mentioning that LaCava was also with the organization while J.P. Ricciardi was in charge, and those weren't exactly glory times.
If they're looking at the Jays' staff, though, I think they're looking in the right direction. Perhaps the most interesting direction this could go in was if the Sox wanted to steal some of Toronto's scouting structure. With the restrictions of the new CBA, a team can no longer just snap up signability guys in late rounds. It's become more and more important to scout and scout well.
And boy have the Jays proven they can scout. After beefing up the scouting staff under Anthopoulos, they entered the 2012 season with one of the best, deepest farm systems in the game even while failing to sign their top pick in 2011. The Sox aren't slouches there themselves, of course, if the impressive crop out of 2011 is any indication, but it never hurts to get better.