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Jose Reyes is one of the many new additions for the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays.
2012 Record: 73-89
Clearly, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos grew tired of his team's annual fourth-place finishes in the AL East during the offseason.
Two major trades have now placed the Blue Jays as the favorite to not only win their division, but also contend for the 2013 World Series.
For a team that finished 26th in the majors in pitching with a 4.64 ERA, the Blue Jays certainly made addressing that issue their top priority.
Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson were acquired in November through a trade with the Miami Marlins. They and will add depth and experience to Toronto's starting rotation. Just over a month later, the Blue Jays swung a trade with the New York Mets for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.
Brandon Morrow is poised for a breakout season, and Rickey Romero will be looking to rebound from a difficult 2012 campaign.
At the back end of the bullpen, Casey Janssen will begin the season as the team's closer, with Sergio Santos as a viable backup.
Led by Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, Toronto hit 198 home runs in 2012, which was ranked sixth in the majors.
In the offseason, the Blue Jays signed Melky Cabrera and acquired Jose Reyes in the Marlins trade. Cabrera and Reyes should immediately improve Toronto's 23rd-ranked batting average (.245) and 25th-ranked on-base percentage (.309).
The Jays also have the likes of Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus, Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia in the bottom half of the order, giving them one of the most complete lineups in the American League.
Toronto's offseason moves have installed the Blue Jays as one of the favorites to win the World Series. History is against the Jays, however, as they have not qualified for the playoffs since they won their second World Series in 1993.
As long as their star players can stay healthy, they will end that trend in 2013 and will win the AL East.