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Saturday, December 15, 2012
If they get R.A., are Jays the East favorite?

By Andrew Marchand

The Toronto Blue Jays are sprinting to Opening Day, while the Yankees are standing still. With their $189 million plan, the Yankees are observers, watching Toronto partake in an epic offseason

Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrleand Melky Cabrera, have already headed north. R.A. Dickey looks like he is on his way. Toronto is collecting Cy Young and MVP candidates to add to a team that many thought before injuries might have made some noise in 2012.

We all know winning the Hot Stove doesn't mean anything in August's heat, but the Jays are in turbo-mode for the division, which seems prime for the taking.

The Yankees have not gotten better, as Wally wrote on Friday. The unexplainable Orioles don't figure to have as much magic in '13. The Rays traded two of their starters and may take a step back. The Red Sox seem to be building a nicer clubhouse, but I'm not so sure about the talent.

So, here are the big, bold Jays, at it again. They are finally the "now" team.

Besides Reyes, their lineup is deep with Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion.

They have a number of guys who could be aces from Johnson to Brandon Morrow to Ricky Romero to soon Dickey.

Their manager, John Gibbons, is a fiery guy, who is liked by most people in baseball who know him well.

They are going to be the preseason favorites. Tell me this, which 2013 roster would you rather have -- the Blue Jays' or the Yankees'?

Saturday Notes:Raul Ibanez loved being a Yankee, but that affection might be tested as the Texas Rangers are said to be interested in him, The New York Post reports. WFAN reported that Kevin Youkilis will wear No. 36, not Jorge Posada's 20.

QUESTION: Are the Blue Jays the team to beat in the AL East?