|Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos|
Payroll was also brought up during the address. Paul Beeston said for the second straight year that Toronto has the potential to one day spend upwards of $140-150 million dollars. This would put Toronto up with the top tier teams in terms of payroll. The major complaint fans had was the ability to not bring in any big names. Specifically another big bat to protect Jose Bautista. Mr. Anthopoulos stated that he only wanted to use trades to bring in players and would not commit to long contracts. While I disagree with that sentiment I feel the Jays have the talent and the bats to protect their lineup. However, in the future it would be nice to know that the team can at least entertain the idea of splurging and bringing in a big name bat or pitcher. But the fact remains until fans come to the park, the budget will stay low. So it remains to be seen who will budge first. Will the fans come see a young team and bring in the dollars? Or will the ownership have to cave and spend big money in hopes it will draw the fans in? We will have to see.
|Blue Jays President Paul Beeston|
Along those same lines was the statement by Paul Beeston saying over the next five years he would like to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs at least two or three times. He feels that the team has the talent to make an impact in the American League and that results should begin to show. The fact is that when you are in a division with the Yankees and Red Sox, it will always be difficult. Tampa Bay has shown that it can be done and I think the Jays have the core talent to make a push. With the new wildcard in play anything is possible, and with the new bullpen in place this could be the first of many years of success for the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the end this warm sense of optimism has to turn into something more. For years we have said this will be our year. But eventually that warm feeling turns into cold disappointment. It is my hope as a life long Jays fan that this is the start of something new and not the same old feeling of good but not quite good enough.
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