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No guarantee of success wheeling and dealing Jays

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos talks on his cell phone during baseball spring training in Dunedin, FL, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.


The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their payroll considerably with all their off-season wheeling and dealing, but that doesn't always guarantee success in terms of wins and losses.

Through trades and free-agent signings, the Blue Jays will see their opening-day payroll for the 2013 season increase by $41.3-million to about $125-million (U.S.).

That represents the fourth highest single-season increase in baseball (not adjusted for inflation), dating back to 2000.

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The Texas Rangers top that list with a bump of $58-million heading into the 2002 season. It increased their payroll to $105.7-million. And for all that lavish spending, the Rangers wound up wining one more game – 72 in total – than they did the previous season.

The second-highest jump belongs to the Boston Red Sox, who saw their payroll soar by $46.4-million to $168.1-million heading into 2010. That largesse helped the Sox conclude the season with 89 wins, six less than 2009 – not enough to qualify them for the postseason.

The Miami Marlins went on a huge shopping spree to celebrate their move into a new ballpark in 2012: an extra $44-million, spiking their payroll at the start of last year to $101.6-million.

The Marlins responded by playing like chumps, winding up in last place in the National League East with a mark of 69-93.

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