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Jays eye pitchers not named Masahiro Tanaka

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07:32 AM ET 01.21 | Masahiro Tanaka is apparently off the board in Toronto, but fear not, Jays fans. [The Jays] are definitely in the hunt when it comes to the next tier of 2013-14 free-agent starting pitchers on the market -- and that chase will make the next two weeks an exciting time for Jays fans. ... What makes [Alex Anthopoulos] think he can compete with other teams for the services of Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, both of whom will require draft-pick compensation? The Jays since day one of the off-season have quietly suggested that for the first time in the fifth-year GM's tenure that they are not afraid to surrender a June draft pick to teams that have made a qualifying offer to their own players. Such is the case with Santana and Jimenez.

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January 21, 2014  09:04 AM ET

With less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training it is music to the ears of both of the unsigned starting pitchers that the Jays are interested.

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January 21, 2014  09:58 AM ET
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The Jays are only two or three pitchers away from contention.Of course, those pitchers are Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg and Craig Kimbrell.

Ha!

January 21, 2014  10:12 AM ET

The Jays are such an afterthought.

January 21, 2014  03:25 PM ET
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The Jays are only two or three pitchers away from contention.Of course, those pitchers are Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg and Craig Kimbrell.

The sleeping giant of the A.L. east will be awakened this year.

January 21, 2014  03:27 PM ET
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The Jays are such an afterthought.

That's works just fine. Too much hype going into last season. If they can avoid all the injuries that plagued them last year, they'll be in the thick of it.

January 21, 2014  04:28 PM ET

Last year Boston proved that any team can make a few improvements, get on a roll and shock the sport. No one expected them to compete for a title last year.

January 21, 2014  05:21 PM ET
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Last year Boston proved that any team can make a few improvements, get on a roll and shock the sport. No one expected them to compete for a title last year.

That's fine except the Jays haven't made any improvements up to now.

 
January 22, 2014  05:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Jays are only two or three pitchers away from contention.Of course, those pitchers are Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg and Craig Kimbrell.

I had a loaded up rebuttal to your first sentence. Then I read the second and giggled. The Jays are a joke. Only they could lose a trade with the Marlins.

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