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There has been no team more active this offseason than the Toronto Blue Jays and GM Alex Anthopoulos. He started this offseason off with a bang, completing a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins that brought Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio north of the border.
This trade alone would have qualified as a great offseason for most teams; however, Anthopoulos was not done there, as he went out and signed Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal worth $16 million. Cabrera was coming off a career season and was in the discussions for NL MVP before being suspended for PEDs toward the end of the 2012 season. This was a low-risk/high-reward move that could end up paying huge dividends next year.
Again, he could have sat back and told himself job well done, as he greatly improved the team after the Marlins trade and Cabrera signing. That wasn't the case, though, as he continued his aggressive ways by trading for the reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey and signing him to a three-year extension.
There has not been this much excitement around the Toronto Blue Jays in probably 20 years, and Alex Anthopoulos deserves the credit for putting this team in position to go from the AL East cellar to champions.