Toronto Blue Jays: Does R.A. Dickey Give the Jays the Best Rotation in the AL?

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Toronto Blue Jays: Does R.A. Dickey Give the Jays the Best Rotation in the AL?
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What a long way the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation has come this offseason.

Three fifths of the projected rotation for 2013 has been acquired via trade.

Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle were brought to Toronto along with Jose Reyes back in mid-November, while reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was acquired from the New York Mets a few weeks ago.

Combined, the three starters bring seven All-Star appearances, four gold gloves and a Cy Young award to Toronto.

Throw in starters Brandon Morrow, who posted an impressive ERA of 2.96 and WHIP of 1.12 in 21 starts this past season, and Ricky Romero, who before a disastrous 2012 campaign had thrown for at least 200 innings in the previous two seasons, and you've got a pretty formidable five-man rotation.

The team also has a few more starters ready to step in should one of their starting five sustain an injury.

Guys like J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek (when he returns from rehab) and Drew Hutchison are all capable of filling that fifth spot in the rotation.

Question is, does Toronto now have the imposing starting rotation in the American League?

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