Blue Jays likely won't import extra arms

Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (33) throws on the mound during a work out at the Bobby...

Toronto Blue Jay pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (33) throws on the mound during a work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center February 20, 2014. (David Manning/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - It’s not going to sit well in some precincts of Blue Jay Nation but the man in charge of renovating the team’s starting rotation has weighed his options and essentially decided to play the hand he has been dealt.

GM Alex Anthopoulos had hoped to add a veteran, reliable starter — maybe even two of them — this past winter but he conceded Thursday that it’s probably not going to happen.

“We’d like to do it but we’re not going to do it at all costs,” said Anthopoulos on the day that his full squad of 60 spring-training invitees was to report.

“As we sit here today I think it’s unlikely. As the off-season has progressed we’ve felt better about the internal options, especially the young guys, whether it’s a guy like Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek. Brandon Morrow looks great. We felt good about him in November but as he’s progressed through the off-season, we feel even better about him.


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