If the day ends in “y,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is likely to claim a player on waivers.

To some rival executives, Anthopoulos is exploiting the rules to maximum advantage, building depth at minimal cost — the price of a $20,000 claim.

But to other execs, Anthopoulos is violating the spirit of the waiver process, which is intended to create major-league opportunities for players who are out of options and get bumped off 40-man rosters.

The rules allow Anthopoulos to claim as many players as he wants. If other teams disagree with his strategy, they can seek to change the system — an idea they discussed at last year’s GMs’ meetings and likely will be discussed this year as well, according to a major-league source.

The Jays have claimed 11 players in 2013 and 20 since Oct. 1, 2012, according to STATS LLC. Both figures lead the majors in those respective time periods. And Anthopoulos freely admits that part of his motivation is to enhance relations with the team’s new Triple A Buffalo affiliate by stashing talent with that club — something that is possible if he puts a player back on waivers and the other 29 teams decline to make a claim.

Some clubs are so irritated by such manipulations, they have lobbied for a rule change that would force teams to keep players claimed on waivers for a set period of time, sources say.