It was a bizarre offseason in Toronto—and Canada for that matter.
The Jays expansive fanbase has had an interesting history. You see, it used to be that the Jays were a massive draw, selling out the 50,000-seat Skydome for every home game. Since 1993, however, the Jays haven't played a playoff game and the fanbase has transformed into a casual, television-based audience. That doesn't mean the fans aren't there; they're just more hesitant to fill the stadium.
Rogers Corporation, the owners of the Blue Jays, have always been criticized for not spending to the level of the Red Sox and Yankees despite being arguably the richest owners in the MLB. Anthopoulos, in an interview during the Winter Meetings, mentioned the phrase "payroll parameters," and Jays fans went nuts. How could payroll still be an issue when the team is so close to contending?
Well, Anthopoulos has effectively back-tracked from those comments, and Jays fans have realized that spending money is not the only way to win baseball games. Big-money free agents should be compliments, not foundational pieces. Building from within, drafting well and developing players is the best way to be successful, and Jays fans have learned to appreciate and embrace Anthopoulos' strategies.