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VANCOUVER -- Alex Anthopoulos was a busy man last off-season. The Toronto Blue Jays general manager made a series of bold moves that reshaped the club ahead of what would turn out to be a disastrous 2013 campaign. The lead-up to the 2014 season has been relatively quiet in comparison, with the Blue Jays biggest splash coming when they cut ties with catcher J.P Arencibia and replaced him with free-agent Dioner Navarro. While that deal wasnt not on the same level as the headline-grabbing acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey, Anthopoulos says he wont be adding any pieces through trade or free agency unless it fits into the teams model. "We made a lot of big moves early last off-season. It wasnt by design, it just worked out that way," Anthopoulos said Friday. "Weve had a lot of dialogue. Theres still a lot of players out there, just havent been able to line up with respect to a price, whether its trade or free-agent cost. "We do have the ability on some trade fronts to just say Yes. We know what the asking prices are -- just not willing to pay that price. From a free-agent standpoint ... we have been given a price and we just dont necessarily see the value right now." The starting rotation continues to be a point of emphasis after a miserable 2013 that saw Toronto finish last in the American League East after starting the season as World Series favourites. Free agent starters Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez are still on the open market, but Anthopoulos said theres a chance that the rotation could be filled out from within. "We have a lot of candidates and a lot of options. Someone like Brandon Morrow coming back (from injury) is a huge boost for us, some of our young kids that are coming back are certainly going help," he said. "We still have dialogue and try to upgrade but we do have some upside to some of the guys that are coming back." Anthopoulos, who was in town for a luncheon with the single-A Vancouver Canadians, also touched on the New York Yankees signing of Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka earlier this week. The 25-year-old right-hander inked a seven-year deal worth $155 million dollars with Torontos AL East rivals that also includes a $20-million dollar payment to his club team. The Blue Jays, who have an internal policy of not signing player contracts longer than five years, were rumoured to be in the running for Tanakas services early on in the process. "Obviously hes a great starter and there was a lot speculation on where the dollars would go just based on the previous two Japanese starters (Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish)," said Anthopoulos. "I think it was expected that he would go north of (their price tags) -- $175 million, I dont know if anybody predicted that. "Hes very talented and the Yankees certainly got better." Anthopoulos said the Blue Jays use the five-year limit on contracts as "a guideline" but tend to shy away from longer-term deals because they offer clubs very little wiggle room. "Weve held firm on our five-year policy in terms of contracts. When free agents are signing for seven, eight years, then normally thats where we tap out," he said. "We definitely have the resources financially in terms of annual value and salaries and things like that. I think weve proven that with some of the players we have acquired. But just the length of term -- very rarely do those seven-, eight-year deals work out." Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons will be feeling the heat if the Blue Jays stumble out of the gate as the they did in 2013. Fans flocked to Rogers Centre with dreams of a return to the teams glory years of the early 1990s that included two World Series titles, but were instead bitterly disappointed with the product on the field. With pitchers and catchers set to report for spring training on Feb. 17, a repeat in 2014 surely wont fly. "Youre always anxious to try to improve the club and to add to it, but you dont necessarily have to guard against it when you know theres a deal that just doesnt make any sense," said Anthopoulos. "We just dont want to force a deal and do it for the sake of doing it. "We want to make moves that we think are going to help the club. If we have to go more years and dollars than we believe in, people might get excited now but a few months into it we may be regretting that deal and be hamstrung with a contract that we dont want." Archie Manning Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. 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At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014.Nico Rosberg has continued to plead his innocence despite being found guilty by Austrian GP race stewards of causing his crash with Lewis Hamilton. After the Spielberg stewards ruled that the Mercedes driver had failed to leave his team-mate racing room, Rosberg was given a retrospective 10-second penalty - a punishment which did not affect the race result or reduce the Germans 11-point lead of the championship.But an unhappy Rosberg said in a Facebook video: They gave me the blame, which sucks. I respect that, but I am of a different opinion. But that doesnt help. A despondent Nico Rosberg said he feels absolutely gutted to have collided with teammate Lewis Hamilton and lost a potential race win Rosberg was leading the race when the incident occurred on the second corner of the final lap as he strived to fend off his Mercedes team-mate.I defended the inside and felt in a strong position, I was convinced that I would make it stick. I went deep because that was the best way at the time to try and defend my corner, to keep him on the outside, he said.Of course I need to leave him room on the track, which I was doing, and then Lewis completely caught me by surprise and turned in.He said in an interview that I was in his blind spot so he couldnt see where I was, so maybe that might be the reason, but it just completely caught me by surprise that he turned in before we got near to the edge of the track even though I was there.So then I couldnt react and then we collided. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collide on the last lap of the Austrian GP giving Hamilton the lead and Rosberg a broken wing Speaking immediately after the race, Rosberg had argued that Hamilton had been to blame for the collision.I am absolutely gutted, its unbelievable, he told Sky Sports F1. I was sure to win the race and lost it on the last lap, thats pretty intense.I had the inside position, a strong position, and went a bit deep into the corner, but thats fine because I dictate, but l was very surprised thhat Lewis turned in and that caused a collision.dddddddddddd Lewis wins epic Austrian GP Lewis Hamilton clashed with Nico Rosberg on the last lap on the way to victory in Spielberg. We were battling. I was struggling a little bit with my brakes because they got a bit hot in the end and my tyres were degrading so that gave Lewis a chance.Nevertheless, I was confident I could defend accordingly and bring it home. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has branded the final-lap incident between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton brainless In a furious assessment of the incident, which occurred just three races after Rosberg and Hamilton crashed out of the Spanish GP after clashing on the second corner, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described the sight of his two cars colliding as brainless.Cars colliding seems a deja-vu. Its absolutely not what we want, a livid Wolff told Sky Sports F1.We are looking like a bunch of idiots and its disrespectful to 1,500 people who work their nuts off to prepare the cars and this is why it needs to end.Anthony Davidson analyses last-lap crashIt seems that talking doesnt bring us any further so we need to think about all possible solutions and go as far as implementing the not very popular team orders.This is on the table now. This is what we are going to discuss, because maybe its the only way we can manage the situation.I hate team orders, we owe it to the fans to let them race but if every race ends up in a collision between team-mates, its not what we want. Anthony Davidson analyses the crash between Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the Austrian GP Also See: Hamilton wins epic Austrian GP WATCH: Hamilton and Rosberg collide ' ' '


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