Wouldn't that be great? Well, after J.P. told Jordan Bastian that the Blue Jays were "done", the odds of the team picking up another free agent have gone from slim to none.
Of course, this approach pales in comparison to the off season strategy of the New York Yankees; which is buy the best free agents out on the market. As much as people are complaining that there needs to be a salary cap in baseball, remember that a championship cannot be bought - despite what Mr. Burns tried with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the Yankees made a statement by signing the top 3 free agents out there on the market. They are opening a brand new stadium this year, and expectations are higher than ever. So you can't really blame the Yankees for signing the best players, and you can't blame players like Mark Teixeira for wanting to make the most money.
I guess the only hope the Blue Jays have with new players is waiting until January or February to see which players get desperate and want to take a discount to play in Toronto. Randy Johnson has already settled on San Fransisco, so the starting pitcher options are slowly becoming less and less. Carl Pavano is out there, Brad Penny, and Sidney Ponson are all available at a hefty discount.
Maybe J.P. Ricciardi is just lowering expectations in case there is the odd chance that the Blue Jays cannot sway any free agents to come play for Toronto. Why raise the bar when you can set it so low that there is no possibility of ever having to be disappointed?