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Jays willing to take on 'baggage'

Posted on: November 26, 2010 10:33 am

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with some baseball writers on Thursday (since, you know, it wasn't Thanksgiving up there), and had some interesting things to say. He doesn't think his trio of relievers will accept arbitration. He doesn't think the Jays have the pressing needs they had a year ago. And, while he wouldn't address specific free agents, he did respond to a question about players with "baggage":

"It depends, how significant is it? Would it affect other players?" he said, according to "A lot of times you hear about other players -- and I use [Jose] Bautista as an example -- that there are issues and the more work you do, the more background you do, it's not what everyone assumes.

"You find out certain players within a clubhouse are well liked with their teammates and maybe it's off the field issues. So, you have to weigh each case by [itself]. If it's the right player, and the right fit, the right talent, at the right price, then you have to be open to it."

In other words, don't be surprised to see Manny Ramirez paid in loonies next season.

-- David Andriesen

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