Blue Jays will up payroll in search of starters

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is looking for some starting pitching help this off-season. (SUN...

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is looking for some starting pitching help this off-season. (SUN files)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:55 PM ET

ORLANDO - Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos arrives at the MLB GM meetings this week with an open mind and an open cheque book.

It’s no secret that Anthopoulos’ priorities this off-season are to improve the club’s starting rotation, as well as look at upgrading second base and catcher.

The good news, Anthopoulos confirmed Monday, is that he’ll have the green light to spend more in 2014 than the $119 million the Jays splashed out last year, meaning that the fourth straight year, the Jays will up their payroll. As for how he plans to specifically improve the roster, and the starting rotation in particular, Anthopoulos said on Monday that it could happen any number of ways.

“Ask me tomorrow and I may change my mind. Last week I would have said via a trade. But today, based on conversations I’ve had, there’s an opportunity to do it via free agency,” the Jays fourth-year GM told the Toronto Sun. “I really think it’s a coin flip at this point. Both options are in play and


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