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The Blue Jays' pitching staff struggled in 2012.
By the end of the 2012 season, the Blue Jays' starting rotation ranked 25th in the MLB with an ERA of 4.82. To compete as soon as next season, this is the No. 1 area they need to address.
Injuries were a huge problem for this unit in 2012. Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison were both lost for the season, and Brandon Morrow was out for over two months.
With Drabek and Hutchison both expected to miss most, if not all, of 2013 after under going Tommy John surgery, addressing the rotation becomes even more of a priority.
If the Blue Jays can add one or two proven starting pitchers this offseason, their rotation could immediately become a strength. They already have an ace in the making in Brandon Morrow, and, despite a rough 2012 season, Ricky Romero can still be that kind of guy for this team.
While free agents like Zack Greinke could be out of the Blue Jays' price range, pitchers like Shaun Marcum, Edwin Jackson or Brandon McCarthy would be interesting options.
With the amount of prospects that the Blue Jays have, as well as Anthopoulos' apparent preference for the trade market over free agency, don't rule out some key trades to improve the starting rotation, either.
Whichever way the Blue Jays choose to do it, addressing the starting rotation will no doubt be the No. 1 priority during this offseason.