Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera (2 years, 16 million)
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11-17-2012, 06:20 PM
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So what made the Jays ownership decide to jack the payroll to new heights? I know its a drop in the bucket for their owners, but its funny to me that they all of a sudden decided to scrap the "build within" route and now are trying to spend their way to the top of the division.
Perhaps, ownership sees that the AL East is not what it used to be. They are all good teams, or have the potential to be good, but there is no longer a super dominant team. This is a window that the Jays have to make some noise, and the owners decided to make their move.
The Jays kept their top four prospects in the trades with Miami and only needed money to acquire Cabrera, who they got up to $40 million cheaper than otherwise according to Bowden.
They still are pumping an egregious amount of money into their international scouting services, with an emphasis on Latin America, and have been amongst the highest-spending teams at the draft the past three or four years.
The organization is going to continue to place a strong emphasis on building internally and none of these recent changes alter that plan. Anthopoulos is merely supplementing the major league roster with talent that was expendable in the event that such an opportunity arose.
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