Toronto Blue Jays: The 5 Best Bargain Buys of the Last Decade

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Toronto Blue Jays: The 5 Best Bargain Buys of the Last Decade
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The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays may not look like a team that is strapped for cash. 

For a long time, Jays fans were frustrated by the team's unwillingness to spend money on talent to win baseball games.

When the Blue Jays hired JP Ricciardi, they tried to adopt the "moneyball" approach to building a baseball team. Three years after firing Ricciardi, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has added over $40 million in payroll this offseason, and it seems that money may be not be an object to the Jays' owners, Rogers Communications. 

However, that doesn't mean the Jays haven't been able to find gems on the free-agent and trade market. 

First, some terminology clarifications: "buys" in this context will refer to any player acquired. Really, when you think about it, acquiring baseball players always "costs" something. Whether it's giving up other players in a trade, money in a signing or a draft pick, there is always a cost. 

With that in mind, here's a look at the players who have given the Jays the most bang for their buck over the last 10 years. 

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