Last year’s winner of the offseason has been quiet this time around. The Toronto Blue Jays who added Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes a year ago, no longer have Johnson, but still lots of payroll.
The Jays’ estimated payroll is nearly $135 million. Buehrle, Dickey, Reyes and Jose Bautista account for $60 million of that, and there’s a sense around some in the game that Toronto is willing to go after at least one of the players who would require draft pick compensation.
Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana could help fill out the Blue Jays’ rotation and boost a club that won only 74 games in 2013. The underachievers allowed catcher J.P. Arencibia to leave, and despite trying to make some trades, they haven’t been able to.
Bronson Arroyo and A.J. Burnett would also fill Toronto’s needs. Burnett once pitched there, but he may want to go back to Pittsburgh.