Blue Jays owner Ted Rogers announced today that he was willing to increase the team’s payroll. He didn’t say whether that meant specifically for next year or for 2008 and beyond, but that’s good new for Toronto, no matter what exactly it means.
Paul Godfrey, Toronto’s president and CEO, spoke about the matter prior to Tuesday’s game, but he also was unwilling to go into specifics because the issue was in a very premature stage. He said the Jays management went to Rogers and presented the payroll issue recently, and the owner’s comments appear to signal that he was convinced more money is needed.
Godfrey wouldn’t hint whether or not a similar three-year commitment was going to be made, similar to the one Rogers made prior to last season. That’s when the owner dished out $210 million for the 2005-07 seasons. It didn’t sound as if that was going to be the plan this time around, but again, that’s just me speculating.
That’s about all the news there is on that — other than the fact that Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi opted not to comment. We probably won’t know many more details until after this year is complete. But again, this is great knews for the Jays. A $100 million payroll would be ideal, but who knows if Rogers is willing to go that high. The current payroll is at $69.5 and it’s estimated to be around $78 next year.