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The Blue Jays splashy 2012 offseason which brought in R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle, unfortunately didn’t pay the kind of dividends management and fans were hoping for in 2013. Toronto went 74-88 last year finishing last in the AL East, 23 games behind the eventual World Series champion Red Sox.
One of the main reasons the Jays struggled was their disappointing starting rotation. Despite some big names, Toronto’s starting pitchers had the second-worst ERA in the Major Leagues collectively going 46-57 with a 4.81 ERA. Only the Twins had a worse rotation ERA. The Jays starters also finished in the bottom five in strikeouts, innings pitched, and opponents batting average.
This offseason, the Blue Jays have not addressed their rotation although they reportedly still are hopeful that they can sign Ervin Santana. They did lose Josh Johnson who signed with San Diego as a free agent this offseason.
Overall, Toronto’s rotation looks thin right now (pending Santana), but there still are some fantasy options to consider going into the season. Here is a quick look at each of the starters projected to be in the Jays rotation, a look at their numbers last season, and their fantasy significance going into the 2014 season: