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2014 Blue Jays Preview: A Farewell to Arms

Jerry Donabedian

Jerry Donabedian

Jerry Donabedian writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

2014 Toronto Blue Jays Team Preview

The 2013 Blue Jays had a loud offseason that created championship expectations, but the result was a mere 74 wins and a last-place finish in the ruthless AL East. While Mark Buehrle met expectations as a middle-of-the-rotation starter, the Jays' other major offseason acquisitions either underperformed (R.A. Dickey), missed significant time with injuries (Jose Reyes), or met both fates (Melky Cabrera and Josh Johnson). Johnson, Brandon Morrow, and J.A. Happ all opened the season in the starting rotation, yet the trio combined for a mere 44 starts, with Morrow (5.63 ERA) going down for the season in late May, and Johnson (6.20 ERA) meeting the same fate in early August. Despite boasting a roster with two or three potential aces, the Jays finished 2013 with a 4.81 starters' ERA, ranking 29th in the majors ahead of only the Twins.

As disappointing as the 2013 team was, 74 wins in the AL East is nothing to be ashamed of, and c

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