The Toronto Blue Jays added a pair of frontline starting
pitchers, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, in their blockbuster trade with the
Miami Marlins this week, but the team still want one more starter, reports Ken
Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
On #BlueJays: Anything is possible, but team did not get J. Johnson to flip him. Reality is, Jays still need - and want - one more starter.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 16, 2012
While the Blue Jays have other
areas of need on their roster, including left field, general manager Alex Anthopoulos
was reportedly focused on the team’s starting rotation earlier in the week. He
was able to address this in a big way by acquiring Buerhle and Johnson from the
Still, the Blue Jays need, and
want, another starting pitcher. But who will Toronto target?
Anthopoulos has a history of
addressing his needs via the trade market rather than spending big on free
agents. Believe it or not, the $9 million AA spent on Maicer Izturis earlier
this offseason was the largest total contract he’s signed a free agent to.
Given his track record, I would
guess that the Blue Jays will either swing another trade for a proven starter
or sign a low-cost free agent.
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