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Blue Jays GM says off-season shopping probably done

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette.

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not expect to make any more significant changes to the club’s roster ahead of spring training.

Anthopoulos has been busy in recent weeks, overhauling the team’s bullpen and making a few additions to strengthen the bench.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday at a winter caravan stop, Anthopoulos said the team as it stands now is likely the one fans can expect to see when camp opens next month in Florida.

He added that while he remains open to making a move, he doesn’t foresee any major transactions.

Last season, the Jays had a deep lineup that finished in the top five in runs scored but they also had an erratic bullpen. Toronto finished fourth in the American League East with an 81-81 record.

The team added veteran left-hander Darren Oliver to the bullpen mix on Monday. Toronto also acquired closer Sergio Santos and brought back reliever Jason Frasor in separate deals with the White Sox earlier in the off-season.

Anthopoulos has also retooled the Jays bench, notably with the addition of outfielder Ben Francisco.

The appearance in Montreal was the first by the Jays since the departure of the Expos following the 2004 season.

A Montreal native and former Expos employee, Anthopoulos said he can see a place for the Jays among the city’s passionate baseball fans.