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Off-season madness the 2nd: Jays get Reyes, Johnson, Buehrle, Bonifacio
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11-09-2012, 02:45 PM
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Not how I meant it. Jays play on turf and that's unattractive to some (not all players), the team is mediocre playing in the toughest division in baseball. Hasn't made the playoffs in a long time and if players can get the same money, why wouldn't they go elsewhere? If Jays start winning, its an attractive market.
There's also the added hassle of playing in another country. All else being equal that's something most players would prefer to avoid, partly for tax reasons, but also for the added customs checks on every road trip, challenges relocating family, and just general unfamiliarity with Canada. Most players, once they play here, love the place - but most are at best uncertain when they first consider coming.
As McCown (who would know a thing or two about it) opined yesterday, most Americans are taught a little bit about their own country, and next to nothing about anywhere else, so coming to Canada might as well be coming to the moon.
If the money and situation's right, that's all rushed aside of course. But if the player is on the fence, that's the sort of thing that can away a decision away from signing here.
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