Expect major changes for 2014 Blue Jays roster

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN,QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

As the games drain away on this most disappointing of Blue Jays seasons, there is a whiff of significant change in the air.

Coming on the heels of last winter’s clear misjudgments, that scent might be met, understandably, with some trepidation by a fan-base badly burned. But in the context of the failed expectations of 2013, there is no other way to proceed.

It doesn’t take a lot of guesswork to identify the areas of interest. By the time the Jays get to training camp in February 2014, the roster will include a new catcher, a new first baseman, at least one new outfielder and perhaps even more dramatic changes among the position players if, as always, Alex Anthopoulos has to give someone of great value to get somebody (or bodies) of great value. He cannot afford to keep anyone on his roster off the table.

Most importantly, the roster will include at least one, maybe two, starting pitchers not on the radar at the start of last season, whether they come from outside the organization or internally.


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