Jays spend wisely: Anthopoulos
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Blue Jays fans, who watched Wednesday night’s New York-Tampa Bay game, can only weep with frustration.
They haven’t had a sniff at the post-season since the 1993 World Series.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos was asked Wednesday if he was aware of their frustration with being asked for more patience?
“I do. I know it’s there,” Anthopoulos replied. “I’m a sports fan. I just think at the same time you can’t force feed it and not do what you believe is right.
“I know it’s not easy for the fans to hear that at times but I think long-term if you know you’re doing what you believe is right for the organization and it’s not trying to make a splash in the winter and getting a slap on the back.
“If you operate with the thought of putting the best product on the field and trying to win as many games as you can while also maintaining the long-term (goals), I think the fans will understand. Fans are way more knowledgeable today than they were a long time ago.”
Still, the Blue Jays fans look at the payroll of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox and say why not break out the bank and spend along with them.
“I think we have,” Anthopoulos said of the Jays sending money on improving the team. “We like to believe we spend it wisely rather than just spend for the sake of spending. We’re looking for opportunities to spend. But we’re not going to spend for the sake of spending. That doesn’t make any sense.
“I think we have spent. We’ve just spent in areas where we felt there was value and we’re going to continue to do it.”