Jays facing rebuilding project
Originally Published: November 30, 2004By Michael Levesque | Baseball America
It has been more than a decade since the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series. Since that mini-dynasty, Toronto has seen a change in ownership and management, gone from a large-revenue to a medium-revenue franchise, and completely overhauled its organizational philosophy. After an 86-win, third-place finish in 2003, the Blue Jays took a giant step in the wrong direction in the third year of general manager J.P. Ricciardi's tenure. With their three stars Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells missing significant time with injuries, they lost 94 games and finished in last place in the American League East for the first time since 1981.