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Blue Jays Rumors: Toronto "Actively Pursuing Help"

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MIAMI, FL - JUNE 30:  Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 30: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Not only do the Toronto Blue Jays have no intentions of selling this summer, they are actually actively pursuing help to better position themselves for a post-season run, reports Shi Davidi of Sports Net.

Already written off in some parts because of their injury-ravaged starting staff, the Toronto Blue Jays not only have no intention of selling ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, but also are actively pursuing help to better position themselves for post-season contention.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Davidi that all of his calls, to this point, "have been based on adding." While he wouldn’t name any names, Anthopoulos did mention that pitching is a priority with starters Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson and Kyle Drabek being lost to injury recently.

Davidi speculates the Blue Jays could target some of the market’s top names, including Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, and Houston Astros veteran southpaw Wandy Rodriguez. However, Davidi notes that the trio would each "come with a significant price tag."

Davidi adds that Toronto could look to a lower-end target such as Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, Colorado Rockies veteran Jeremy Guthrie, and Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Entering the day, the Blue Jays are 41-40, 7 ½ games behind the American League East-leading New York Yankees. However, Toronto is only 2 1/2 games back of the final AL wild-card spot.

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