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Let's get a new one started before we hit 300 comments, OK? And while we're at it, let's think about the roster.
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Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, Wednesday, and with that spring begins and the hope for a good summer renews. The hope level for 2018 will be a little less tomorrow, given the expectations for the Yankees and Red Sox and the low level of activity by the Jays front office.
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Things are quiet right now both here in Jay land and in MLB as a whole. Lots of free agents, thus lots of chatter. Very little Jays orientated outside of many here and elsewhere going 'Why is Rogers so cheap, just spend the cash'.
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Getting down to the wire for free agents now - will the Jays get any bargains? Roughly $10-20 mil to spend (maybe more if they can make a case to ownership ala Beeston back in the 90's with Clemens).
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With the old thread getting long in the tooth, time for a new one and with arbitration figures out there we can do a better estimate of the Jays payroll 'as is' for 2018.
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Bauxite rabbit has penned an article projecting the Jays performance. Let him know what you think in the comments.

With no shortage of opinion on the Jaysí direction this off-season, is it possible to develop a common view of the team and potential roster decisions? To further the conversation, I simulated the 2018 season using a model that accounts for variable player performance. Simulate next season 100 times and you get team win probabilities. I wonít oversell the results, but I think this type of tool helps evaluate where we stand and the key choices ahead. Hereís a simple explanation of what I did and what it means.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all who celebrate being a fan of the Blue Jays, and of course to all readers here. May 2018 fulfill your baseball dreams.
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Just for fun I thought I'd check highest salaries ever in MLB and then check what MLB's overall revenue has been. For players it isn't pretty since 2000 but pre-2000 it would be beautiful for them.
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BA has released their top ten prospects. There is at least one surprise.
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The baseball winter meetings seem to be a week late this year. The off-season has been quiet up until Friday. With Shohei Ohtani signing, Giancarlo Stanton traded and free agents starting to sign, the pace of moves is picking up. The rule 5 draft will end the meetings.
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The Hall of Fame ballot is out. Let the arguing commence.
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Its been quiet so far this winter but is that unusual? Lets look at past winter trades.
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With the World Series now over, MLB front offices start to work on getting ready for 2018. Players can declare free agency today. Teams have five days to clean up their 60 day DL and to issue qualifying offers to their free agents.
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That wasn't much fun.
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A big question for 2018 is what is the Jays Payroll and how much is already used up?
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