The Toronto Blue Jays are in the mist of an extremely important offseason, in which there are many issues that need addressing. One of the most important holes that need to be filled is in the starting rotation. The team needs an established starter to solidify the young group of arms.
General manager Alex Anthopoulos has been quite busy thus far, and the Toronto brass is confident he will acquire the needed pieces.
The Blue Jays are looking dangerous. With an increasing payroll, they could be playoff bound in the years to come.
Here are fiver starts that could bolster the Toronto Blue Jays rotation.
This would be a glorious trade for the Blue Jays. Matt Cain is currently a San Francisco Giant, but isn't an untradeable asset. The Giants have an extremely strong pitching rotation, but lack offensive support, which makes them an ideal trading partner with Toronto.
If Toronto were to send Adam Lind and pieces over to San Francisco, a deal could be done.
Cain would be a great young addition to the Blue Jays rotation, and would instantly shore up our pitching. Toronto should seriously look into this option as Cain is only getting better year after year.
Yu Darvish is the next big thing out of Japan. Darvish is being pegged as a high-end starting pitcher, and is being sought after by the biggest teams in the league. Darvish was recently posted (which means he let the league know he wants in), and the bidding war has begun.
Gio Gonzalez is a young lefty currently with the Oakland Athletics and Moneyball star Billy Beane. There has been a lot of speculation that the Florida native is heading north, but talks might have stalled due to Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos' hesitance in giving up young talent.
This deal could still go down though.
Rich Harden has great stuff. No doubt about it. But he has been off his game the past few seasons. Harden is currently a free agent and would be a cheap option for the Blue Jays as the team looks to add some depth to the pitching staff.
Also, Rich Harden is Canadian, and everyone knows that the fans love when the canucks come back home
A shadow of his once glorious self (was an All-Star), Penny could be a low-risk option to shore up the rotation. He would not be a top of the rotation player, but with plenty of young starters in the organization, bringing in a veteran is never a bad idea.
If he doesn't tighten up his game, he can just sit on the bench and coach.
It's been made pretty clear that the Blue Jays are keen on adding an arm to the rotation. The team will need the extra help as they push for playoff berth for the first time in almost two decades. Look for management to keep their cards tightly to their chest as they explore the options out there.
The Blue Jays are in a position where the organization is coming together and ready to soon make a push into contention. A starting pitcher is only a small piece to this greater puzzle.