Toronto Blue Jays 2014 Spring Training Preview

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Toronto Blue Jays 2014 Spring Training Preview
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What a difference a year makes for this franchise.

Last spring, the Toronto Blue Jays entered February as one of the most exciting teams in baseball, buoyed by the offseason acquisitions of Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey and Josh Johnson. With stars like Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion already on the roster, the first October run in 20 years was expected in Canada.

Of course, that dream never came to fruition. 

After a 74-88 record and last-place finish in the AL East, the Blue Jays are back to avenge a lost season and compete with a roster of veterans and former stars. 

This time, there is little buzz, no impact additions and limited expectations.

Can the Blue Jays surprise? With a roster similar to the team that was expected to win big last summer, it's not out of the question.

The next six weeks will determine how fans feel about this team heading into the regular season.

As the team heads to Dunedin, Fla., here's a spring training preview for the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Arbitration numbers and projections courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Roster projections courtesy of MLB Depth Charts.

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