Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has a lot of work to do once again this offseason. In his first winter with the Blue Jays; he increased scouting staff, signed some important free agents and traded away Roy Halladay. This winter, his first task is to find a new manager since Cito Gaston is retiring, but then once again he will be focusing on his players.
Anthopoulos mentioned two areas of improvement that will be his primary focus, the bullpen and the batters on-base percentage. Since Lyle Overbay and John Buck are becoming free agents, their positions will need to be filled either internally or through acquisition.
There are also the unstable positions of third base and the outfield. Vernon Wells and likely Travis Snider will be filling two outfield spots, and then there are the options of Jose Bautista and Fred Lewis. For third base, you have Edwin Encarnacion or also the potential to slot Bautista there. Bautista's .378 OBP is a definite improvement over Encarnacion's .305 OBP, and in the outfield, Lewis' .332 rating was the 3rd best on the team.
For the bullpen, if Scott Downs and Jason Frasor end up leaving, they loose two of their most experienced and reliable options. The Blue Jays have plenty of arms who could possibly step into the bullpen to fill some roles, but as they seem to prefer having veteran options, they might have to scan the free agent market.
Here are some possible options that they Jays could turn to make their ball club better.