At this time last year Toronto Blue Jays fans knew Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero were the only locks in the starting rotation for next season.
If you were on team Ricky and thought he could have a bounce back season in 2013 or especially if you didn’t than the offseason would be successful if the Jays could manage to push Morrow and Ricky a little down from the top of the rotation.
Or at least find pitchers that were good enough to challenge them for the spots in the top of the rotation in spring training.
All of a sudden Morrow and Ricky went from being the oldest and most experienced members of the rotation to the youngest and least experienced.
The Jays looked poised to be a legitimate force in the AL East.
But instead Morrow stay injured for practically the entire season and Ricky was getting his butt kicked in the minor leagues.
And now it’s up in the air what the Jays will get out of Morrow and Ricky in 2014.
So once again the offseason starts with the Jays only having 2 locks in the rotation for next season, Dickey and Buehrle.
And once again the Jays have to look for pitching that can maybe push Dickey and Buehrle a little down from the top of the rotation. Or at least be good enough to challenge them for a spot at the top of the rotation in spring training, than this offseason will be successful.
That is of course if the starting pitching the Jays add and Dickey and Buehrle don’t all get injured or completely suck.
And hey if Morrow and Romero don’t get injured or completely suck on top of that then WATCH OUT!
But of course it is the Jays so it’s always possible they’ll still find a way to mess it up.
So after a year the Jays have 2 starting pitchers as a lock in the rotation. We have to wait and see how they’re going to plug these holes; the same old problem just with different names.