The Blue Jays thought they'd built a starting staff that could carry them into the playoffs.
Turns out they couldn't have been more wrong.
''I would have never expected the rotation to be the weak link on this team,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday, hours before a team once pegged as World Series contenders finished off a last-place finish in the AL East at 74-88.
''Obviously we didn't perform the way we hoped,'' Anthopoulos said. ''We need to get it right and get better.''
Toronto fans were hoping for big things after their team made twin splashes on the trade market last winter, bringing starters R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson across the border to team up with Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and J.A. Happ. All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera also arrived.
While Dickey and Buehrle combined for 26 wins and almost 430 innings, nothing else worked out quite right. Morrow went 2-3 in 10 starts before missing the rest of the ...