2011 MLB Draft: How Much Are Toronto Blue Jays Willing to Spend?
So far in the 2011 MLB amateur draft, we've seen a lot of teams pick high-upside players who could command exorbitant signing bonuses and simply go to college if their demands aren't met.
But perhaps no team has so aggressively pursued promising players without concern for price as the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays used their first pick (No. 21 overall) on shortstop Tyler Beede—even his Baseball America scouting report calls him a tough sign.
All told, Toronto had seven picks before the end of the second round, and the Blue Jays used them all on high-ceiling prep players who have committed to colleges (including high-profile Day One leftover Daniel Norris).
GM Alex Anthopolous has made a name for himself as one of the boldest executives in the game and Toronto definitely has some money to throw around, especially after dumping Vernon Wells' albatross contract on the Angels this winter.
Still, as the Blue Jays look ahead to this winter's strong free agent class, the question is: How much are they willing to spend on the draft?
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