Just a few hours after I kicked off my off-season thoughts series with a post on how attendance is cratering because not enough teams are trying to win, Ben Nicholson-Smith let us know that the Blue Jays are, in fact, planning to spend some money this winter.
Along those lines, #BlueJays are comfortable taking on salary in trades per Atkins
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) October 1, 2019
According to Benny Fresh, the Jays are open to being creative this winter. They’re willing to offer different structures and terms on free-agent contracts and they’re willing to take on money in trades. That could mean adding a shitty contract to acquire a prospect and it could mean straight-up trading for a good player.
I don’t think this means the Jays are going to pony up the hundreds of millions of dollars in cash (along with the draft pick) needed to sign a marquee free agent like Gerrit Cole or Anthony Rendon, but the team is ready to expand the payroll after a year of major salary slashing.
As Nicholson-Smith suggests, this will be more like post-2015 and 2016 spending for the Jays. The Mark Shapiro-led front office David Price walk when they took …
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