Jays Fans Poll Results: "Are you satisfied with the moves.."

I posted this poll just before the new year, at a time that had the Rajai Davis acquisition and the Octavio Dotel signing were the only major moves made by the Jays and GM Alex Anthopoulos. Therefore, the initial results and leanings of the poll in the first few weeks were entirely different than the results we see today, as we close the poll just before spring training.

Here is the question and the results of the poll in question:

“Are you satisfied with the moves made by the Jays so far this off season?”

  • Yes, I’m entirely satisfied. (37%, 107 Votes)
  • Yes, it’s fine for now, but I wish they would have added more. (30%, 87 Votes)
  • Not really, but it’s as much as we can expect due to where the Jays are in terms of development. (26%, 77 Votes)
  • No, I’m entirely disappointed with this off season’s moves – or non-moves. (7%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 292

First and foremost, thanks to all who voted for making your opinions heard!

It’s interesting how the results changed over time, and mostly after the Vernon Wells trade which took all fans by storm.

Initially, there were very few that were “entirely satisfied” with the moves made. The “Not really, but it’s as much as we can expect due to where the Jays are in terms of development” option led the way for the majority of the first half of the poll time, and seemed to be the likely winner. However, the Vernon Wells deal changed everything. As you can now see above, approximately 37% of voters are entirely satisfied with the deals made by the Jays this off season. That’s nothing to shake a stick at. Very few organizations can claim to have this much support from their fan bases. Maybe a team like the Red Sox could find this much support due to the massive additions they’ve made, but the Jays fit into a different category all together, because they didn’t go out there and buy a few players. Quite the contrary, they trade 2 of the fan favorites away in Shaun Marcum and Vernon Wells, created a few question marks in the process, and still benefit from a ton of support from the fan base who understand what’s taking shape. And there’s the key, the fan base is paying attention, and they trust the direction Alex Anthopoulos is taking the organization into.

That’s quite a statement for fans to make at such a time. Imagine for one second if the Astros had traded Carlos Lee and Wandy Rodriguez from their team in return for a top-prospect, a 4th outfielder, and a closing option for their pen. What would the ramifications be in Houston? I can tell you one thing, they wouldn’t get 37% of “entirely satisfied” support.

Better yet, go ask Yankees fans how their off season is going. Would they get similar results? I’m not so sure. They’ve lost a bunch of pitching, lost their 1st rd pick to the division rival Rays, their GM seems to be fighting the ownership in place, lost out on all of the highest rated FAs aside from Rafael Soriano, and Andy Pettitte is pulling a Brett Favre on them all off season. Add in an annoyed Derek Jeter due to how negotiations went this off season, an injury prone catcher addition in Russell Martin who’ll take time away from top-prospect Jesus Montero, and a soon-to-be 40 DH/part-time catcher that will also take time away from Montero and may hit 20 HRs in 2011 if he’s lucky, and you’ve got a pretty disgruntled and unsettled fan base in NY right now. Who could blame them for feeling that way with all of the issues taking place.

Even though these teams are having issues, many within their fan bases still clamor for their respective teams to go out and sign the high-ticketed free agents to long-term deals. Most fans who ask for such things to be done are only looking at 2011, and maybe 2012. The Toronto Blue Jays, on the other hand, are building for the next decade, and the fans see this happening, understand how it is happening, and have really bought into the idea of a generation of winning instead of a year or two.

And that’s where Jays fans deserve to get the most credit. They understand the process going on in Toronto, they can smell and taste the potential the team is adding through these moves, and they are ready to look at the long-term effects of a deal instead of the immediate ramifications.

And the positives don’t end there.

Only 7% of the votes, 21 overall, went into the entirely negative category, and I can personally tell you that 15 of those came before the Vernon Wells trade because I took note of the votes once the deal took place. That, my friends, is incredible. To have 93% of the fans in favor of what’s going on in Toronto with such important pieces of the Jays leaving after 2010 is outstanding. Even if it is in the “Not really, but it’s as much as we can expect due to where the Jays are in terms of development” category, it still indicates that the fans are supportive of Jays management and their work overall this off season.

What do people think such a poll would have received during the JP Ricciardi ERA, or even last off season when the Jays were forced to deal the best pitcher in their history? I’m 99% positive that the results would lean much more to the negative side. It seems that for the first time in a very long time, the Jays have a leader in place in Alex Anthopoulos that is trusted by fans, who’s moved are making sense to Jays fans overall – even if they do catch many by surprise at the time, and that they are as anxious as I can ever remember them being to see what takes place during an upcoming season due to the potential of the franchise as a whole.

These were outstanding poll results from a well-educated, patient, and understanding fan base. I’m as happy as could be to see that this is the case, and hope that the patience and understanding are rewarded in 2011 and beyond!

I’d also like to announce that we now have a new page available under the “Info” tab entitled “Jays Fans Poll Results” that allows fans to view the results of polls. If you’d like a certain poll topic to be posted, feel free to contact us at any time to chime in with your idea!

- MG

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Tags: Alex Anthopoulos Andy Pettitte Derek Jeter Octavio Dotel Rafael Soriano Rajai Davis Russell Martin Shaun Marcum Vernon Wells

  • George

    What I have noticed is that the articles on bluejays.com are frequently drawing 250-500+ comments, something I have not seen since they allowed commenting. I don’t believe the stories on Doc’s trade last year drew nearly as many. This is the kind of comment volume that the Yankee’s website draws. While everyone has their own take on things, the majority buys into the fact that we have to be patient and build it the right way. There just aren’t that many calls any more to trade away our talent for a major piece that could help us do a “one and done” shot.

  • Graham

    Not to take anything away from the survey, but I think it’s safe to say that the majority of jays fans who peruse the blogs are a little more well informed than your typical Jays fan. Just saying I think if you took the average Jays fan, you’d find a lot more people not as pleased with the outcome of the offseason.

    It sucks, but it’s the truth. Also kudos on being among the best of the Jays blogs.

    • Mat Germain

      Thanks Graham! We’re very happy with the progress of Jays Journal overall and it seems like most who show up have a lot of positive things to say about it! We’re still working on enhancing the site a ton, so let us know if you spot anything that would work well for us.

      Out next priority at this point is to improve some of the pages, allow for quicker access to all of our content, finish the top 50 with a surprise ending (not some flimsy rankings – no worries there!) and to cover the most we can about the Jays and MLB in the process.

      It’s always great to know that our work here is being recognized, no doubt about it! We’re hoping to bring along as much high-quality content as we can along with the other great Jays sites out there. From Bluebird Banter to Greg Chisolm, Jays fans really do have some great places to go in order to get up-to-date information on the Jays. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue to add to that for a very long time!

      Thanks again for the support!

  • lolwut

    Off-season started pretty slow but it’s picked up towards the end and AA has done an excellent job.

    I really couldn’t view AA unloading Wells contract without eating up at least half the salary… yet he did and got decent pieces back. He added solid bullpen depth signing guys like Dotel, Rauch and Villanueva. Davis isn’t exactly a player that will be our future lead-off or CF but he is a solid gap stop who can steal 50 bases. I really liked Marcum-Lawrie swap as well. You get a guy with his talent who could be a 5-tool player (assuming he moves from 2B to 3B/OF)… it’s kind of a homerun deal but that’s the kind of risk you need to take when you are rebuilding.

    One area I may be disappointed in is getting a veteran depth starter. We got bunch of young pitchers in the bigs and upcoming but it wouldn’t hurt to have a veteran starer that could eat some innings. It wouldn’t hurt to add some depth at the outfield position either, specifically a player that can play CF.

    Overall, I am happy with the off-season.

    • Mat Germain

      I understand your train of thought on getting a vet on board, but I think it’s easy to see why AA didn’t go down that road. He wants to see who can offer what, already has Jesse Litsch and Scott Richmond as semi-vets who can fill the role, and he’d rather give the younger guys a chance to earn that spot than to bring in a SP who may be disgruntled mid-season if the Jays are falling out of contention. Add in injury risks to that veteran, and you’ve got a lot of reasons to consider the younger route a better option.

      Oh, and aren’t the Yankees the current kingpins of getting veteran pitching? Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia…who’s next? Jamie Moyer?

      I’d rather have Marc Rzepczynski or Jesse Litsch in the 5th starter role if you ask me!