The Toronto Blue Jays are seeking to acquire one or two more starting pitchers this offseason and are a leading candidate to sign either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The markets for both Santana and Jimenez have been slow developing this offseason. The two players are both seeking big deals, but come with some risk that they will not perform to the level a team would want for the money. Furthermore, both men turned down a qualifying offer from their 2013 teams, meaning any other club that signs them this offseason would have to surrender a high draft pick.

The Blue Jays' starting staff for 2014 currently consists of R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Mark Buehrle, and J.A. Happ, with the fifth starter being undecided. The team lost Josh Johnson to free agency. With a still-potent offense and a good start to the rotation, adding one more top-notch starter could elevate the Blue Jays to contender status.

Toronto is coming off a disappointing last-place finish in the always-tough AL East, winding up with a 74-88 record. The team had hoped to compete after a couple of big trades that brought Dickey, Buehrle, Johnson and shortstop Jose Reyes to Canada. Injuries and ineffectiveness to the starting staff derailed any playoff notions, however.