Blue Jays not interested in long-term deals

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos all but denied the rumors surrounding his club’s potential interest in free agent sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings in Dallas.

A pair of online reports surfaced on Monday that the Blue Jays had entered the bidding war for the All-Star first basemen. Toronto has a club policy of not addressing specific trade or free-agent rumours with the media, but Anthopoulos said as much as he could in an attempt to pour cold water on the recent speculation.

“I know we get linked to almost every player in the offseason,” Anthopoulos said. “I think we’re the team that everyone likes to use, to be completely candid about it. But I guess all I would say about big-name free-agent signings, I think most of our local media have seen what myself and [president, CEO] Paul Beeston have talked about.

“Right now we’re pretty averse to signing to extensively long contracts — seven years, eight years, things like that. If there are players out there on the market that are going to require those kind of deals, we probably won’t be a factor for those players.”

— Gregor Chisholm 

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