Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Signs Team Is Ready to Take the AL East by Force

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Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Signs Team Is Ready to Take the AL East by Force
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The Toronto Blue Jays have had it tough for the past 20 years.

Playing in the American League East is difficult, especially when you have the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in the same division. Even the Tampa Bay Rays have done well in recent years.

But now it's Toronto's turn.

With the creation of a second Wild Card starting this upcoming season, the Blue Jays have a chance to capitalize.

In addition, the rest of the AL East will be in a decline.

Sure, the Yankees will always be the Yankees. But the Red Sox could suffer in 2012.

With a new manager and questions at pitching, it could be a rebuilding year in Boston. Tampa Bay, with its small payroll and inability to keep their stars long-term, can't do well forever. And Baltimore...well, it's Baltimore, and Peter Angelos is still the owner of that organization.

The Blue Jays are ready to take the AL East by force. Here are five reasons why Toronto is ready to see some postseason action in 2012 and beyond.

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