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Mark Buehrle on the trading block?

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, gives us this little nugget of information:

Mark Buehrle, LHP, Blue Jays - Buehrle will be made available in a trade, though his $19 million contract will likely be a deterrent unless the Jays are willing to assume part of it. The Jays need to replenish their player depth and the quick-working Buehrle might be a way to do it. Buehrle seems more tradable than knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Jays will have youngsters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez in their rotation to go along with J.A. Happ.

More tradable than a guy that turns 40 this week, seems like as damning with faint praise as you can get.

Stating that the Jays will have Aaron Sanchez in the rotation is either a guess, or he has information that I haven't seen. I think Sanchez would have to do very well in spring training to win a spot in the rotation. I'm not sure what the Jays will do. There are holes in the bullpen that need to be filled too. As much as I'd rather Sanchez be a starter, the draw of having someone with his stuff in the bullpen might be too much for the Jays to ignore.

Getting some more payroll flexibility  is likely high on Alex Anthopoulos' to do list. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if someone were to take Buehrle's contract off his hands, even if he has to send some money along with him. If he can save some money and fill in one of the several glaring holes the team has, I'm sure he'd be thrilled.

Last winter Alex didn't do much to fix the various holes the Jays had in their roster. I don't think he can afford to ignore the problems on the roster,