Blue Jays Trade Options: 5 Players Toronto Should Target to Contend in AL East

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Blue Jays Trade Options: 5 Players Toronto Should Target to Contend in AL East
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Is there anyone out there that thought the Baltimore Orioles would threaten to finish 15 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays this season? 

Many, including myself, believed that the Jays were ready to take a big step forward (I predicted that they would win the second wild-card spot in an article written way back in February). 

Unfortunately, inconsistent play and injuries to several key players throughout the season were largely responsible for derailing what was expected to be a coming out party for the Blue Jays.

GM Alex Anthopoulos will definitely need to add a few arms to the pitching corps as the club ranks at, or near, the bottom in many significant categories (as of September 11).

MLB rank in brackets

67 Quality Starts (23)

989 Strikeouts (24)

4.58 ERA (26)

28 Saves (28)

488 Walks (29)

175 Home Runs (30)

The offense could also use a couple of bats as their .244 average and .308 on base percentage ranks 25th and 26th respectively.    

Here's a look at five players that could help the Jays reach the next level. 

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