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Jays ready to 'overpay' this offseason

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08:13 AM ET 10.04 | Attention, free agents. The Blue Jays are prepared to get off their fat wallet. In his season-ending media scrum, general manager Alex Anthopoulos not only promised that there would be a bump in payroll to lure free agents northward but that he was willing to overpay if that's what it takes to make the additions that he deems necessary to turn the club into contender status. If other words, this off-season, Anthopoulos will be a player and for the first time since he took over the job from J.P. Ricciardi he will be allowed to shop in aisles that previously have been off limits. Will he overpay in some cases to get what he wants? "Yes," he replied. ... "For the right fit or you might think the perfect fit, the overpay makes a lot of sense."

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October 4, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Because overpaying did so well for Boston.

October 4, 2012  08:34 AM ET

What does a "bump" in payroll really mean?

October 4, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Dice K will be available...

October 4, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Dice K will be available...

<cleans water off keyboard>

thanks a lot.

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October 4, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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I think Tito is going to come and coach the Jays...the Jays are going to trade Farrell to the redsox for either bard or buckholtz. then they are going to overpay for tito and he is going to come up so he can stick it to the redsox a few times a year.

Better chance of being the Jays than the Indians, that's for sure.

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October 4, 2012  12:12 PM ET

Very tough division to compete in! As bad as Boston was this year Toronto only had 4 more wins.

October 4, 2012  12:13 PM ET

Also, just being in Toronto works against them trying to sign free agents ehh?

October 4, 2012  01:04 PM ET
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What does a "bump" in payroll really mean?

Someone's expecting?

October 4, 2012  01:04 PM ET

You are gonna Love Josh Hamilton ...no really

October 4, 2012  02:13 PM ET
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I think Tito is going to come and coach the Jays...the Jays are going to trade Farrell to the redsox for either bard or buckholtz. then they are going to overpay for tito and he is going to come up so he can stick it to the redsox a few times a year.

Theyvcan have Bard for a bag of balls.

October 4, 2012  02:15 PM ET
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Theyvcan

Ipad keyboard. Doh!

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October 4, 2012  07:12 PM ET

why would the jays sign players to a long term and then turn around and trade them together with their contract included?? it doesn't make sense!!!

October 4, 2012  07:14 PM ET

if the jays are thinking in signing big contracts they should hold themselves responsable and trade players except their contracts,,,,

October 4, 2012  09:51 PM ET

Maybe they can get another great deal, like they did with the Vernon Wells contract.

 
October 4, 2012  11:01 PM ET

wiseup : It is one thing to announce that TorontoWill be buyers on the free agent market. But to announce that they will over spend. Agents are all going CHA_CHING.

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