Toronto buys a draft pick

November, 5, 2010
11/05/10
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Pete Abraham on the Blue Jays' latest canny move:
    Something has to be done about the AL East. There are way too many smart guys in the room.

Did you see what the Blue Jays did yesterday? They traded a PTBNL to Colorado for catcher Miguel Olivo then almost immediately declined his option and paid his $500,000 buyout.

Their plan is to apparently offer him arbitration, which he will decline, then take the supplemental first-round draft choice as compensation as Olivo will be a Type B free agent.

Basically, the Blue Jays are paying $500,000 a draft pick that will probably fall in the No. 45 range.

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It's the exact reason the Red Sox traded for Felipe Lopez last year, to get the draft pick.

We already know the Yankees and Rays are run by smart people. Then the Orioles hired Buck Showalter and now Toronto has Anthopoulos making slick moves. A tough division is getting tougher every day.This does lead to an obvious question: Why didn't the Rockies just keep Olivo and do the same thing?

I don't know.

It's absolutely true, though, that the American League East is getting smarter all the time. And eventually they're going to drag the rest of the American League right along with them.

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