Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos believes the Toronto side's flexibility in the off-season allowed facilitated its late-season charge to the AL East title.
The Canadians suffered a raft of injuries to key players early on in the season, but according to Anthopoulos, their revival in the latter half of the season was more to do with good preparation through the accumulation of cover than good fortune.
"We had prospect capital. We had the assets. We also had the financial flexibility to do some things, as well, and not deviate. What we spent was what we had in the off-season. We just didn’t choose to spend it all at once," Anthopoulos said.
"In the off-season we just spent on what we felt strongly about. Otherwise, we didn’t take a lot of fliers. We knew we were going to have flexibility,"
Anthopoulos, who is in his sixth season as Jays boss, recalled the disappointment of 2012, when he spent a significant amount of money before the opening day after missing out on his initial trade for a closer.
"We did it with Francisco Cordero (in ’12)," Anthopoulos said.
"We had a trade for Koji Uehara and we were not planning on pursuing Cordero. I think he had turned down two times ($8million) from the Mets and Frank Francisco got two-times ($6million). So (Cordero) is sitting out there at one-year ($4.5M) and we talked ourselves into it because we knew that we had the money."