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The repair work should have been underway this offseason. But the Blue Jays are still broken.
At this time last year, American League East teams were wondering, how can we beat Toronto? I remember one AL East GM telling me, “If things go well, they’ll run away with it.”
Talented rotation. Power lineup. Talented left side of the infield with Reyes and Brett Lawrie. Probably no one was more shocked at them winning 74 games — one more than they’d won under John Farrell in 2012 — than GM Alex Anthopoulous and his capable assistant, Tony LaCava. Jays fans bought into it. Season-ticket sales soared.
In trying to rebuild, it’s tougher for the Jays because players would rather sign with a US team, for various reasons.