The Blue Jays are casting a wide net in their search for a No. 5 starter, and one name being considered is veteran free-agent lefty CC Sabathia. Toronto's front office met with Sabathia on Tuesday, Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, to discuss possible mutual interest. No deal is imminent and the Blue Jays are expected to address other areas of the roster besides the rotation, but this could lay the groundwork for a move later in the offseason. Sabathia has spent the past nine seasons with the Yankees, but he also has a personal connection to the Blue Jays' current front office. President Mark Shapiro was Sabathia's general manager in Cleveland from 2001 until the six-time All Star was dealt to the Brewers in July '08. "He's a workhorse, man," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Sabathia. "He's always pitched well against us. One of the great competitors in the game for a number of years. I thought he looked strong last year. He had that knee issue and some things that kind of hampered him, the [hamstring], I think it was." Sabathia is coming off a season in which he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA over 148 2/3 innings. He's 37 and no longer the Cy Young Award-caliber pitcher he once was, but with Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada in Toronto's rotation, the Blue Jays don't need an ace. They need a reliable fifth starter who can pitch a lot of innings.