Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays are not the only ones who are still hanging on to the disappointment of a disastrous and underachieving 2013 season. The Jays’ ownership group, Rogers Communications, has seemingly come up with a new plan for Alex Anthopoulos and the rest of his front office in regards to the funds that may or may not be thrown their way in order to continue to try and create a contender.
According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Rogers will most likely enforce a halt on payroll until they see a positive outcome out of the transactions they have invested in. So far, Anthopoulos’ tricks from two offseasons ago haven’t panned out, and Rogers is apparently far from impressed with Anthopoulos’ work for good reason.
Josh Johnson, who was the center of the deal that Anthopoulos made with the Miami Marlins, is currently on the DL for the San Diego Padres. Jose Reyes, another instrumental piece to the puzzle, missed 69 games for the Jays in 2013, and started this season on the DL as well. R.A. Dickey has been nothing but inconsistent after being traded for and signed to a large two-year contract extension with the Jays.
The lone bright spot out of all of this is none other than 35-year-old lefty, Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has shown the consistency that Rogers Communications wants to see in order for them to believe that pumping in more money into the Jays’ payroll is worth their while.
If Anthopoulos’ master plan from only one season ago continues to fall through, the Jays roster can be blown up in an instant, and Anthopoulos’ job security could end up experiencing the same uncertainty that the Jays’ lineup currently exudes.