Q&A with Graham Godfrey on Trade
Graham Godfrey
Associate Publisher
Posted Nov 20, 2007
Dave Rouleau

Graham Godfrey talked with Scout.com on Monday about the weekend trade that saw him to go Oakland.

Scout.com: Graham, can you talk a little about the trade and how you felt when you found out?

Graham Godfrey: At first it was definitely surprising. I felt very excited to be part of that and am looking forward to joining the Athletics and being part of their organization.

Scout.com: Did anybody from the Blue Jays and/or Oakland contact you yet?

Graham Godfrey:The first person to call me was Dick Scott, and then was contacted by Dave Forst, the Assistant GM for Oakland.

Scout.com: Can you comment on the 2007 season ā€“ as it was your first in professional baseball?

Graham Godfrey:The entire year was making adjustments. Each start I learned something new and then I had to try and apply it to my next start to get better results. I think I was successful with that and reflecting on my entire season I can say I made a lot of adjustments that helped me, and will help me in the long run. Iā€™m really looking forward to next season and make the next leap in my career.

Scout.com: Specifically, what adjustments did you make?

Graham Godfrey:In college I was considered a thrower, but this year I learned how to pitch. I learned the situational aspects of pitching, how to pitch in different situations, and how to use the count to my advantage.

Scout.com: Is there a pitch you really tried improving on this past year, or a pitch you want to add this off-season?

Graham Godfrey:The changeup is a pitch I worked on the entire year, and it really came around for me by the end of the year. I will probably be looking to add a cutter or a split this off-season ā€“ to use against right-handers and left-handers.

Scout.com: What did the Blue Jays tell you they wanted you to work on after the season wrapped up?

Graham Godfrey:They wanted me to continue the work we started this season, and I plan on carrying everything over to next season

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