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Blue Jays' big trade ups the ante for Orioles in AL East
Blue Jays' big trade ups the ante for Orioles in AL East

I had separate conversations earlier this offseason with a scout from a rival team and a player agent that basically intimated the same thing: The industry was watching what the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would do this winter because they are viewed as the potential new guard in the AL East with the New York Yankees aging, the Boston Red Sox rebuilding and the Tampa Bay Rays hampered by payroll. The agent said Baltimore and Toronto could be easier sells this year to clients because the sense is that both teams are in a position to win now and for a few more years if they make the right choices. The scout said the perception is that the Orioles have the money and/or the trade chips to...

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