Tuesday Pondering: How Many More Players Does This Team Need?

"We need some players" - Christian Petersen

The news is coming in real slow these days, making us Blue Jays fans a little anxious about the upcoming season with the first pitch of Spring Training about 71 days away. I'm interested in how far away the Blue Jays are away from having a team you'd be comfortable with come February. Obviously there are 25 players on a Major League team and Toronto currently has 39 players to work with from their 40-man roster.

For me personally, I'd be content with Dioner Navarro at catcher, with Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Goins, Jose Reyes, and Brett Lawrie taking up the starting infield spots. Jose Bautista, Colby Rasmus, and Melky Cabrera starting in the outfield is not too worrying, with Anthony Gose, Josh Thole and Maicer Izturis taking up 75% of the bench spots, while Adam Lind DH's. If we're being realistic, Ryan Goins may not be a suitable starting second baseman for a contending team so we'll consider that position a spot of need.

On the pitching front, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow are definite members of the rotation while a multitude of second-tier starters battle it out for the back-end spots. In the bullpen, Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos, Aaron Loup, Jeremy Jeffress, and Neil Wagner make up a fairly strong bullpen, but adding one more cheap piece with upside wouldn't be a bad move for Alex Anthopoulos.

That leaves positions of need at second base, the fourth bench spot, the back-end of the rotation, and possibly the bullpen before I'd be confident in the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays. That equals four players being added  before the active roster resembles something that would be good enough to break camp with in a few months. Obviously the front office will be doing everything they can to add pieces at nearly every position, but with the quiet off-season so far Toronto should at least try to fill their clear areas of need. Of course Moises Sierra, Marcus Stroman, and a large number of Blue Jays pitchers would have something to say about not being included in the current roster, but they haven't earned their spots as of yet.

On this slow Tuesday, what do you folks think about the Blue Jays current roster situation?

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