By on February 25, 2012

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DUNEDIN, Fla.–Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos (left) met with the media during the first day of full squad workouts at the team’s Englebert Complex.

“He is more confident and comfortable,” said Anthopoulos of second year manager John Farrell, “Last spring new staff, new players from that stand point there has been a lot of continuity from last year to this year and I think that is good.  Continuity is good.”

As to the quality of talent this year vs last Anthopoulos said, “This is probably the best I have felt about the talent we have in the organization, top to bottom.  We’ve done a lot of work drafting, developing that is going to continue but at the same time the big league roster continues to get better and better.  I think we have a very competitive team.”

Toronto opens it’s spring schedule in just one week as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday March 3, 2012 at 1 PM at Florida Auto Exchange Park.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell (right #52) addresses the position players Saturday February 25, 2012 prior to the team’s first full squad workout.

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“I think the fact we have everybody in camp, on time, first full day of workouts, is a chance for not only the position players to join the pitchers who have been here a while but to feel the energy and optimism in the

Lefty #27 Brett Cecil was 4-11 last year with a 4.73 ERA in 20 starts. Eddie Michels photo

group,” said Farrell, “So it was a good first day.”

Adam Lind played in 125 games last year with 26 HR, 87 RBI and a .251 batting average. Eddie Michels photo

#17 Omar Vizquel right-handed bat. - Eddie Michels photo

OTHER SIDE OF SPORTS (TOO) featuring Omar by Eddie Michels

#5 Yunel Escobar was steady last year in 133 games , most of the action at short was steady batting .290 with 11 HR and 48 RBI. Eddie Michels photo

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