June 28, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) celebrates a three run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning with center fielder Colby Rasmus (right) at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

Could This be the 2013 Opening Day Lineup?

Well I am definitely not a ballah…a crystal…ballah…*sigh*. I do have a decent team in mind for the upcoming season. Now granted things will most definitely change as the off-season roles on but until then this is a team I could see us fielding in 2013. Funny part is most of the parts are already here. My 2013 Opening Day line up…no drum roll but a sweet guitar riff would be nice…

C – Travis D’Arnaud: Once the knee heals it is time to see what this kid can do in the majors. My guess is the same as Arencibia but with a bit more average and some better defense. I like J.P. as a person but his credentials would best be suited in a trade for some pitching…any pitching.

1B – Edwin Encarnacion: Now that he doesn’t have to throw the ball anymore he seems like s decent defender at first and now carries the power numbers to justify the position. Adam Lind could be packaged with J.P. to get even better pitchers…ideally.

2B – Jeff Keppinger: Who? Wha? You crazy old man! Maybe, but steady defense and a decent .270 average sounds good to me. We have enough bop in this offence that we can afford to give up some at second. It is a pretty weak position all around baseball so take what you can get. 15+ homers and 170 strikeouts will not be missed.

3B – Brett Lawrie: Decent sort of rookie campaign. I see more of Lawrie 2011 than Lawrie 2012 going forward…though I can take back this pick if he makes any more daft baserunning mistakes.

SS – Adeiny Hechevarria: I keep reading how this kid is a utility infielder at best. Right. I dunno who thinks Jose Iglesias is the second coming of Tony Fernandez but I’ll take Hech and some pop. If we don’t shift Escobar to second he is bait…trade bait.

LF – Melky Cabrera: I know he tested for PED’s etc. He still can hit a ton and provide decent defense. We can sign him for a lower salary and less years while he proves himself again. This gives time to Anthony Gose to finish his seasoning at Buffalo. When he is ready Melky could look good to some on July 31.

CF – Colby Rasmus: He deserves one more chance. For a while there it looked like he was reaching his potential. He smoked the ball in the middle of the season. Then he just disappeared. Maybe that groin injury was worse than thought. Let’s see what some rest and an off-season can do.

RF – Jose Bautista: Do I really have to explain this?

SP – Brandon Morrow: If he does as well in spring as he did end of this year he has earned the right to wrestle the number one from Ricky Ro.

Not too bad if you ask me. We proved last year the offence was not the issue…let’s see how the pitching holds up.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/coacheric4 Eric Lord

    I want no part of Melky Cabrera and it is not just because he tested positve for PED’s. It is the way he handled the whole situation. He made up a fake website & lied to MLB. He was lucky he didn’t get more. Then, he didn’t even apologize to his teammates. That isn’t the kind of person I want on the Blue Jays. As for Arencibia, I don’t trade him for just any pitching. It has to be quality pitching. We have enough third & fourth starters. We need a top end guy. Also, I would wait & see how D’Arnaud’s knee responds. A knee injury is never good for a catcher, no matter what his age. If he isn’t ready to catch on opening day, I don’t want a tandem of Jeff Mathis & Bobby Wilson.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vivbhatt Vivek Bhatt

      I would think that Rasmus + Escobar should be enough for Justin Upton… Maybe add Arencebia + Alverez for Bauer … I think Jays need a stop gap player in LF, and I would prefer it to be either Sizemore or Melky… Both can be signed for cheap, and on one year contracts… Perfect Stop-Gaps…

      • Kyle Franzoni

        While Melky is intriguing, I think Sizemore has proven time and again that he isn’t a stop gap to anyone, he’s just a stop.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivbhatt Vivek Bhatt

          Do you consider Anthony Gose’s bat ready for the Majors?

          I think he needs at least 1/2 a season in AAA and he needs to prove it.

          Hechavarria was actually starting to thrive hence why he may come back, or he’ll probably start in AAA, & after Escobar builds trade value, he is brought back at SS.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            I think Gose could use the seasoning in the minors, as you said, at least for half of the season. Just after seeing the bidding on Sizemore last season and his inability to play again makes it doubtful that any team makes him a major league offer.

  • Simon

    you forgot the DH…

  • Antwerpen Jays

    Looks pretty good to me!

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  • Tallboywrites

    Yes I did forget the DH…I think having David Cooper around should fill a nice rotation with Edwin rather nicely…thanks for calling me out!

  • Tallboywrites

    as you can see I think that is all very…ummm…nice…

  • http://twitter.com/THE_FAKE_BOSH Syed

    How about someone like Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and Melky Cabrera as part of the line-up and rotation.

  • Eric Harmon

    First off, why would you have encarnacion hitting second when he is a power guy like bautista who should be hitting 3rd or 4th. Second, why is bautista hitting 8th when again he is a power guy and should be batting 3rd or 4th. Do you know anything about how an offense works? You need power guys in the middle of the lineup to drive people in. How can both power guys not be in the middle of the lineup? Let me know what you are thinking behind this because it sounds crazy to me. Not trying to be a jerk, it just sounds ludicrous.

    • Eric Harmon

      Ok never mind what I wrote. I just realized you put everyone in order of what position they fielded. Next time when you title an article “opening day lineup”, actually put down the lineup of who you want batting first, second, third etc… Otherwise you have people like me who are really upset and confused.