Bullpen help at top of Blue Jays' wish list

Club likely to also seek second baseman at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- The Blue Jays will continue their search for help in the bullpen when the annual Winter Meetings officially open in San Diego on Monday morning.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has filled a number of holes on his roster this offseason but his relief corps remains a work in progress. The Blue Jays are in the market for not only a closer but also an additional right-handed setup man.

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The Blue Jays previously have been linked to free agent David Robertson but he's expected to receive a lucractive multiyear contract on the open market. Some reports have indicated that Robertson could be looking for at least a four-year deal worth more than $50 million.

That asking price likely will prevent the Blue Jays from taking a serious run at the closer but there are a number of other attractive options. Luke Gregorson could be a fit, while other relievers such as Sergio Romo and Jason Motte have experience at the back end of a bullpen.

The Winter Meetings also could be the site where trade talks for Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro heat up. Navarro became available when the Blue Jays signed Russell Martin to a five-year contract worth $82 million, but Anthopoulos has insisted the Blue Jays will not make a trade for the sake of making a trade and want fair value.

If Navarro isn't dealt, he likely will receive some at-bats at DH while also backing up Martin. A stronger possibility would see the Blue Jays trade Navarro to a team in the market for a starting catcher, while acquiring at least a bullpen arm in return.

In addition to a reliever, the Blue Jays will ideally add another second baseman to the roster as well. Toronto acquired prospect Devon Travis earlier this offseason and he remains a candidate to start but also could use some additional time in the Minor Leagues. The other two candidates for second base are Ryan Goins and Maicer Izturis but Anthopoulos is expected to make another addition at some point this winter.

In addition to Anthopoulos being made available to the media every day this week, manager John Gibbons also will hold court with reporters late Monday afternoon.

Fans are encouraged to take part by filling the comments section at bluejays.com this week with their own suggestions for getting the club back to the postseason. Should Anthopoulos sign a high-profile reliever or instead add a few candidates to compete for the closer's job in the spring? Is Travis a suitable option at second or does the club need to look elsewhere?

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.