Regardless of how many times Alex Anthopoulos insists he is comfortable with his club’s starting pitching rotation options, it becomes more apparent that something needs to be done as Spring Training progresses and the performances on the mound get worse every day. The Toronto Blue Jays have the worst starting rotation in the AL East, a division that is very unkind to teams that have a lack of talent at the position.
After subpar performances from R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ and Brandon Morrow so far this early spring, the Jays’ GM has to finally be feeling the pressure to make some kind of a move to bolster his starting five. Now that the Detroit Tigers are in need of some help at left field after learning about Andy Dirks‘ injury to his back, the Jays may have found a suitable trade option to help them upgrade their starting pitching.
The Tigers have a plethora of starting pitching options that they could give up for someone like Moises Sierra, an outfielder who is anything but guaranteed a spot on the Jays’ 40-man roster.
Sierra would serve as a nice compliment to former Jays outfielder Rajai Davis in Detroit, and could be dealt by the Jays in a package deal alongside a reliever for perhaps Rick Porcello or even Drew Smyly. Anthopoulos’ club isn’t going to win games with the help of Sierra from the bench or down on the farm in Buffalo. However, if they were to send him elsewhere in exchange for some decent pitching, at least the Jays would be headed in somewhat of a proper direction.
During the offseason, the Jays’ pitching woes didn’t get any better and the Tigers saw their overall hitting take a tumble as well. This is the perfect time for both clubs to get on the ringer and work out a deal that makes sense for both heading into the 2014 regular season.
Anthopoulos needs to realize that his decent amount of depth at the outfield position and the abundance of solid arms he has in the bullpen can help him upgrade the pitching rotation, especially if he continues to refuse signing any free agents that would help his team’s cause.