Payroll didn't deter deals: Blue Jays GM

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos says payroll concerns weren't an issue as far as not...

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos says payroll concerns weren't an issue as far as not being able to make a deal at the trade deadline. (QMI AGENCY FILES)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

One of the points that GM Alex Anthopoulos wanted to stress was that payroll concerns weren’t an issue as far as not being able to make a deal. Reports the past week from various sources and clubs suggest otherwise.

“Not at all,” Anthopoulos said. “Definitely just didn’t come out to lining up on value. I know a lot has been made about payroll and things like that, I can’t stress this enough, especially going through the trade deadline. Our payroll is the highest it has ever been in the history of the organization. It has gone up last year, I believe over 12% at this point.


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