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Jose Bautista has anchored the Blue Jays lineup for the last three seasons.
With an already solid lineup featuring Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and J.P. Arencibia, the Blue Jays went out this offseason and made a trade for the ages with the Miami Marlins.
The Jays received highly touted shortstop Jose Reyes and a quality utility man in Emilio Bonifacio from the Marlins. Both Reyes and Bonifacio will look to strengthen a Jays lineup that is already one of the best in the league when healthy.
The real story for the Jays may lie in their pitching rotation.
Toronto's starting pitching struggled last season, as their top pitcher, Brandon Morrow, went 10-7 with an ERA of 2.96. While Morrow made for a nice piece in the Jays' rotation, no other pitcher posted more than nine wins on the season for the Jays.
Also included in the trade with the Marlins was young power pitcher Josh Johnson and veteran starter Mark Buehrle.
Johnson, who has had a great career thus far, had a bit of a setback last season.
Despite last year's shortcomings, the 29-year-old is at an age where a bounce-back season is highly probable.
Buehrle has made a name for himself as an innings-eater one season after another. Last year, Buehrle posted his 12th straight season of at least 200 innings pitched.
A player with Buehrle's ability can positively affect bullpens late in the season, allowing them more rest than they would typically get.
Finally, the Blue Jays remained active in the trade market when they acquired 2012 National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the New York Mets.
Dickey, who is 38, had his best season of his 10-year career.
What makes Dickey so successful is his knuckleball. Using this unconventional pitch, knuckleballers tend to have lengthier careers—providing that they can use the pitch effectively.
If their lineup can remain healthy for the season and Bautista regains his form, the Toronto Blue Jays could look to ride the bats of superstars and the arms of young talent and veteran leadership to their first AL East crown since 1993.