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08:17 AM ET 08.13 | The Blue Jays entered play Sunday two games behind Boston in the AL East cellar. Yet during a lengthy chat with reporters prior to Sunday's 10-7 win over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre, [Alex Anthopoulos] spent much of the discussion outlining how he plans on spending this off-season putting the finishing touches on what he thinks can be playoff contender in 2013. "I know it's probably hard (for people to accept) right now with the way we're playing and the way things have gone with injuries," he said. ... "You know for the most part this is going to be a very good, deep offensive team, and we'll have some young kids behind some of these guys for depth. Offensively, I feel very good about it."

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August 13, 2012  08:50 AM ET

They're a good team in a very tough division. Losing Morrow really hurt as well. I think there's a lot to be positive about in Toronto.

August 13, 2012  09:41 AM ET

I agree. If they can get their injured pitchers back AND sign 1 or 2 quality guys who can eat some innings for them, this is a dangerous team.

August 13, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Mr. GM you forgot to mention the most important part of baseball which is pitching. Until the Jays develop enough young pitchers to help what they have now it will be the same old song every year in Canada wait until next year.

August 13, 2012  10:13 AM ET

He's on the way to developing a strong club if he can keep them together!

August 13, 2012  11:54 AM ET

the blue jays have great amount of good talented players they only need to develope them to a better level,,

August 13, 2012  11:56 AM ET

the jays have two tough talented catchers, but arcebia got injuried and the other one got injuried in their minor league,,,but if both catchers healthy things could be a very different thing by next year,,,

August 13, 2012  11:57 AM ET

Tey had pitching and now they have hitting. Call me when they have both.

August 13, 2012  11:59 AM ET

this franchise hit the lotto when they were able to trade vernon wells to the punchless angels, but the funny part was not they were able to trade wells but they also shipped wells contract with the player,,,,

August 13, 2012  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's on the way to developing a strong club if he can keep them together!

yes, the other part of the equation--get the players, keep them healthy, and then keep them around long enough to win something.

August 13, 2012  01:40 PM ET

"he plans on spending this off-season putting the finishing touches on what he thinks can be playoff contender in 2013. "

I'll believe it when I see it.

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August 13, 2012  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They're a good team in a very tough division. Losing Morrow really hurt as well. I think there's a lot to be positive about in Toronto.

Three starters, their closer, one of their best relievers, their big bat, their RBI producing catcher, starting 3rd baseman and lead-off hitter...

I can't think of another team that's been this decimated by injuries. Even with all that, they still have a chance at a wild card...they'd need Bautista back, and Morrow is returning soon.

He's talking next year, though...and I don't think he's wrong. Morrow was the best pitcher in the AL before he went down.

August 13, 2012  02:19 PM ET
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Mr. GM you forgot to mention the most important part of baseball which is pitching. Until the Jays develop enough young pitchers to help what they have now it will be the same old song every year in Canada wait until next year.

Three starters have been out for a long time. They replaced them from within...I'm not sure a lot of teams could've done that. They have some good young arms that will be back in the minors next year.

The Jays did the right thing in not getting desperate and picking up a big name starter...despite pressure to do so.

August 13, 2012  02:45 PM ET

Good! Well why not see if they can stay in last place then?

August 13, 2012  05:19 PM ET

No panic in Toronto-it seems

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August 13, 2012  06:49 PM ET
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The jays could well be in the playoff hunt next year. This year, they need to get healthy.

this franchise needs to get healthy in every season, it seems as if every time a player makes a turn a injuried its about to happen!!!

August 13, 2012  06:52 PM ET
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No panic in Toronto-it seems

in the A's organization, or the rays or houston shouldn't be any type of panic or desperation,, but in toronto?? i mean if you do imvest big the normal thing to expect its a +positive result and nothing else,,,

August 13, 2012  06:52 PM ET

the pirates are looking good just like last year but for how long??

 
August 13, 2012  06:54 PM ET

when a organization can't move forward and just stay in the same type of baseball level then they need to fix alot of resposable elements in the front office as well in the front seat in the managerial spot!!!

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