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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 03:24

Blue JaysThe Blue Jays made a splash this past off-season by increasing player payroll by $26,195,500, which placed their Opening Day payroll at $71,915,000 -- an increase of 57.3% over the year prior.

It appears that the Blue Jays aren't done yet. There is speculation that their payroll might rise as high as $95 million (USD) next year, although the budget process won't be finalized until the end of October. "I think in the grand scheme of things we're coming a lot closer to coming in first place," said GM J.P Ricciardi. "I don't think we're that far away. We may need a couple of shakes here and there but I think we're in a better position to do some things now."

Key areas to address will be resigning Vernon Wells who becomes a free agent after the '07 season. As reported, Starter Ted Lilly, reliever Justin Speier, catchers Gregg Zaun and Bengie Molina (whose $7.5 million option won't be picked up) and left-fielder Frank Catalanotto are all headed for free agency and will have to be replaced if they're not re-signed. 

(The Canadian Press )

 
 
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