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Heading to Major League Baseball's free-agency period, the Toronto Blue Jays have a couple areas of concern for 2011: first base and catcher.

Here is a list general manager Alex Anthopoulos may want to consult when he goes shopping at baseball's winter meetings, which begin Monday in Florida:

First base

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Adam Dunn - A 10-year veteran who has hit 354 home runs in that span, is at the top of everyone's free-agent list. Considered below-average defensively, Dunn's asking price, believed to be in the four-year, $40-million (U.S.) range, is probably too rich for Toronto's blood.

Paul Konerko - He clubbed 39 homers with a .312 average for the Chicago White Sox last season, showing he still has the power to produce as he enters his mid-30s. Konerko won't be as expensive as Dunn and could be more appealing to Toronto as he doesn't have an aversion to being a designated hitter.

Lance Berkman - His power numbers tumbled in 2010 as he battled various aches and pains, but this veteran switch hitter could be worth the asking price (reported to be one year at $7-million).

Catcher

Miguel Olivo - Toronto's best bet for a proven backstop if it is worried about entering 2011 with the tandem of J.P. Arencibia and Jose Molina. The 32-year-old is a free swinger who barely walks, with good power and a plus arm. He should also come reasonably priced.

A.J. Pierzynski - At 34, Pierzynski's best days are definitely behind him. The Blue Jays would probably consider him as a backup at best.

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