Despite adding Josh Johnson and Mark Buerhle, the Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add another starting pitcher and it could come at the cost of one of their catchers.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported Saturday that the Jays are “more inclined” to add depth instead of upgrading over current projected fifth starter J.A. Happ.
The Blue Jays have an abundance of catchers in Arencibia, John Buck, and prospect Travis d’Arnaud. They could look to move one in order to add another starter.
“None is cheap,” a rival executive told Rosenthal.
According to Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have discussed incumbent starter J.P. Arencibia in talks with the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays. Jon Niese and Wade Davis were mentioned as pitchers the team could have interest in.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is said to still be active in the trade market or could look to add a cheap veteran free agent.
Toronto ran into trouble last season with starting pitching depth once Kyle Drabek, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Hutchinson were lost for significant periods with injuries. Drabek and Hutchison underwent Tommy John surgery and are not expected to be available for the 2013 season.
The Blue Jays non-tendered catcher Bobby Wilson on Friday night, making him a free agent.