07/31/2013 04:36 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto Blue Jays says they talked trade but nothing made sense for the ball club

TORONTO - The underachieving Blue Jays, movers and shakers during the off-season, were quiet on non-waiver trade deadline day Wednesday.

Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos says while says his team, 49-57 heading into the day's play, needs to improve, there was nothing that made sense.

He cited "some traction" on two possible deals, one of which fell apart last week while the other collapsed Tuesday morning.

"Other than that it was pretty quiet overall," he told a media conference call.

He acknowledged the team was most interested in a starting pitcher and middle infield help.

"Then there were some other ideas thrown at us that were larger concepts but they weren't things we needed to rush to do now," he said.

The deadline has now passed but teams can still make a deal during the season. But moves are more difficult since the players in question have to pass waivers. Also players traded after Aug. 31, can't make the post-season roster.

Anthopoulos said while he didn't expect a lot of action league-wide in August, some talks might turn into trades in the off-season.

"There's no question we need to make improvements, we need to get better." he said. "The results and the standings speak for themselves."

"I still feel good about a lot of our players," he added, "but like anything, from year to year, you evaluate and some evaluations change. The way that the season plays out each year, you have to adjust accordingly.

"There's no question we're going to have to make some changes and improve the roster in various ways but there weren't those opportunities for us in terms of deals that made sense right now."

In the off-season, Toronto acquired R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson as well as position players Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis, Emilio Bonifacio and Mark DeRosa.

Anthopoulos said the deals the team was working on in recent days never made it into the media.

"The things that were out there from the media perspective, I'd say almost all of them were completely false."

Veteran reliever Darren Oliver was seen as one Jay who might be made available but Anthopoulos, speaking generally, said the demand didn't meet the supply of left-handed relievers.