In the past few years, I have predicated time and time again that the Toronto Blue Jays will be in the playoffs. While I have been wrong every year, I think that might change in 2013.
General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has now made the Blue Jays an instant contender for the AL East. First was the monster trade with the Miami Marlins. Recently, the Blue Jays traded with the New York Mets for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and signed him for a two year extension.
Basically, all Dickey wanted was a two year extension, which the Mets weren’t willing to offer him. Shame on the Mets for not doing that but, then again, that is typical of Mets management.
This is a huge trade for the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays now have, at least on paper, the best rotation in the American League. Along with Dickey, the Blue Jays have Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle.
The Mets did receive top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud, who is going to be very important for the Mets and their organization. However, D’Arnaud suffered a torn PCL in 2012 which could hamper his development.
Anthopoulos has now proven that the Blue Jays are going all in to win. Anthopoulos knew that he had to make big moves to make the Blue Jays a contender in the East. The Blue Jays couldn’t keep playing second fiddle to the rest of the divison. He also knew that he was losing their fan base.
Don’t forget, that the Blue Jays weren’t drawing fans. While there was never a threat that they would be moved, it was still concerning. Especially since the Rogers Centre is a great stadium to see a baseball game. By making these trades, Anthopoulos will spark even more interest in this team.
So, kudos to Anthopoulos for making these bold trades with both the Mets and the Marlins. You can quote me now; I am predicting that the Blue Jays will win the AL East.
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