Until the Toronto Blue Jays take the field in 2013, no one will know if bumping the payroll and all the risk-taking will pay off. That being said, Alex Anthopoulos has done something to the mood in Toronto.
He has restored hope.
Even though the NHL lockout is still hovering over the city, it seems to be put on the back burner, because all of a sudden, Toronto has become a baseball city again, and Canada has become a baseball country.
It's been a busy offseason for Toronto—one more so than for most teams in recent memory.
There's been scrutiny over trading away so many prospects, yet praise for reeling in established superstars.
Although this seems surreal in Toronto, keep in mind that Toronto is a favorite on paper, and only on paper. There is in fact a likelihood that the Jays will succumb to the fate of the L.A. Angels and Miami Marlins circa 2012.
Yet through all the trades and acquisitions and increased payroll, there are differences between Toronto in 2013 and other teams who seemed to have revamped their rosters in the past, and it all comes down to what they have left.
This is a list of why the Blue Jays will live up to the hype in 2013.