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Will $5.2 billion deal affect the Jays?

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07:35 AM ET 11.28 | The balance sheet, apparently, will remain separate on the baseball side of the house. There's no reason to expect Rogers to shortchange the Toronto Blue Jays after the company's $5.2 billion deal with the National Hockey League. So says Rogers Media president Keith Pelley, who told the Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Wednesday morning the Blue Jays' payroll will not be affected by the company's new NHL deal. "Under no circumstance would we say that we spent all this money in hockey that we're no longer going to invest in the Toronto Blue Jays," Pelley told Blair. "We're committed to the Blue Jays. (We) continue to be committed. And our goal is simple; we want to win the World Series. It does not affect the Blue Jays payroll in any way whatsoever."

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November 28, 2013  08:45 AM ET

One big thing the Jays have learned back in the past winter that they cannot buy another championship for their organization or even make the playoffs going in that direction.

November 28, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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One big thing the Jays have learned back in the past winter that they cannot buy another championship for their organization or even make the playoffs going in that direction.

Not when they buy the wrong players.

For years they had the highest payroll (or one of them at least). They also happened to have the right mix of skilled players (Alomar, Carter, Olerud, Molitor, Winfield, White) and very good pitching. Then the organization refused to invest in the team, they hired some very poor GMs (JP?). They need to blend Oakland approach with more financial resources.

Rogers has all the resources ($'s) to build the team that can win. They just need to find someone to build it, like Gillick did in the 90's.

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November 28, 2013  12:27 PM ET
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I loved it last winter when many so-called experts were picking the Jays to win the AL East, and deriding the Marlins for dealing a bunch of parts from a last place team.Develop the farm system. The Red Sox and Cardinals have shown that is the way to sustain a winning team.

Yep. The Red Sox farm system fueled their performance last season. Guys like Ortiz, Napoli, Lackey, Victorino, Drew...

Wait...what?

November 28, 2013  01:13 PM ET
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Yep. The Red Sox farm system fueled their performance last season. Guys like Ortiz, Napoli, Lackey, Victorino, Drew...Wait...what?

oh snap

November 28, 2013  01:15 PM ET
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Yep. The Red Sox farm system fueled their performance last season. Guys like Ortiz, Napoli, Lackey, Victorino, Drew...Wait...what?

Well, they did have Pedey, Lester, Buchholz, and Ellsbury...

November 28, 2013  01:16 PM ET

The funny part is I have the wife convinced that I'm buying her Xmas presents online while he slaves in the kitchen...

November 28, 2013  04:17 PM ET
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One big thing the Jays have learned back in the past winter that they cannot buy another championship for their organization or even make the playoffs going in that direction.

the jays are trying a different strategy this off season,like trade jose bautista for young talented prospects,boston or the yankes/rangers/mariners/royals/cards,,any of this teams would benefit from bautista's bat,,

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November 29, 2013  02:46 AM ET
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Thanks. People don't want to see that though.

What? That they have a handful of homegrown players and several they got through free agency? Isn't that basically the same as every other team?

November 29, 2013  06:38 AM ET
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What? That they have a handful of homegrown players and several they got through free agency? Isn't that basically the same as every other team?

Ding ding ding, we have a winner. Boston has been one of the most active players in the free agent market for YEARS. But their fans would have you believe that Ortiz, Napoli, Lackey et al are all home grown players...

 
December 1, 2013  04:45 AM ET

THe Jays started with a core group growen on the farm. Then Gillick traded for the final pieces. Boston droped a ton of salary and then bought a bunch of free agents to augment the core group. If the Jays are really on a three year window, they will have to pull out all the stops. They need a number one starter. I like Sherzer for Lind-1b-dh, Jansen-cl, Cecil-stup, Sierra-fr.
They need a Catcher. I like Navarro or Castro-FAs. They need an arm in cf and he has to be a two hole batter. Elsbury will do-FA. They need a back up 2b, like Beckham for Arencibia. They need a second catcher like Buck-Fa.

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