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Surprising odds-on favorite to win World Series

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08:06 AM ET 01.29 | What a difference a year makes north of the border. Toronto transformed itself this offseason from an afterthought into the odds-on favorite to win the World Series, according to Las Vegas bookmakers. That would have been unheard of just a couple of years ago, but the balance of power in the AL East appears to be in a state of flux. General manager Alex Anthopoulos saw a window of opportunity to win, and with the support of his ownership group, the club decided to go all-in. Chances like this don't come around very often, and while nothing is guaranteed, it was a shot Anthopoulos felt he had to take. ... With Boston in the middle of a rebuilding plan and New York suddenly strapped for cash, there's renewed optimism in the city of Toronto.

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January 29, 2013  08:30 AM ET

They certainly have a shot, but they will have to get through the White Sox first.

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January 29, 2013  08:41 AM ET
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I think that Adam Dunn will finally be fully healed from his emergency surgery two seasons ago and have a good year (meaning .240BA/.400OBP for him).The Jays certainly have the potential to improve dramatically, but it still bothers me that they picked up the core of a very bad Marlins team and everybody assumes that mean they'll be great. I do like the Dickey pickup a lot from the Jays' point of view, given that they're going all in for this season.

Dunn had a good season last year. He hits HR and walks, pure and simple. Picking up Dickey and Buehrle was very good for the Blue Jays. They immediately improved their pitching staff.

January 29, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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They certainly have a shot, but they will have to get through the White Sox first.

<spits out water all over keyboard>

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January 29, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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Dunn's HRs and walks were there last season, but his .200 BA trashed his OBP and slugging. He should be able to hit .240 or so for a couple more seasons if he's all better.I like Buehrle, but he's basically been a .500 league average pitcher for two of the last three seasons. That's still valuable, but he needs an '11 type season to really get the Jays fans excited.

people have to stop expecting a high BA out of Dunn...that is not why he is on the team

January 29, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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Dunn's HRs and walks were there last season, but his .200 BA trashed his OBP and slugging. He should be able to hit .240 or so for a couple more seasons if he's all better.I like Buehrle, but he's basically been a .500 league average pitcher for two of the last three seasons. That's still valuable, but he needs an '11 type season to really get the Jays fans excited.

Jays fans should be excited to get a player like Buehrle regardless of his performance last season. It's not like Toronto fans have been spoiled over the years.

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January 29, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Easy there big fella, but, I do understand your consternation.

January 29, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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<spits out water all over keyboard>

Easy there big fella, but, I do understand your consternation. (damn spinnies are at it already.)

January 29, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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I think .240 is a modest expectation, even for Dunn!!

I agree with ChiSoxFan.... he is a consistent leader in HRs, AND RBIs....... The other stuff doesn't matter if he is providing that kind of output.

January 29, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Mr. Sox fan your number one problem before overtaking the Jays is winning your own division with the AL champions in your way. On paper the team to beat in the AL is the Angels, but you don't play the game on paper.

January 29, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Mr. Sox fan your number one problem before overtaking the Jays is winning your own division with the AL champions in your way. On paper the team to beat in the AL is the Angels, but you don't play the game on paper.

I think there was a little sarcasm in CSF's comment...... the button was broken by one who will remain nameless (considering I don't know who it was)....

January 29, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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I think there was a little sarcasm in CSF's comment...... the button was broken by one who will remain nameless (considering I don't know who it was)....

We should start an inquiry!

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January 29, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Nope.Dunn is there to hit HR's, draw walks, and stand in for Toby Keith when he needs a stunt double.Why you guys can't get this really annoys me

HEY - I get it....

January 29, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Well - need to get new tires for my Prius - was suppose to be 80K tires - well - they are at 62K and there is plenty of tread - but now some tire rot has showed up on the side walls. No matter what happens - they get you one way or another.

 
January 29, 2013  09:37 AM ET

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