Blue Jays 2015 Outfield?


Jun 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (left) center fielder Anthony Gose (center) and right fielder Jose Bautista (right) talks during a break in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ahead of tonight’s game against the Red Sox, the lineup was written up and announced. Once again, Colby Rasmus sits while “these young guys” get the start in the outfield. Of course, we all know by now what has happened to Melky Cabrera‘s pinky finger.

What you talkin’ ’bout, Gibby?!

So, that leaves the Blue Jays with just one of their three 2014 starting outfielders. Tonight,

Jose Bautista

will be joined by

Anthony Gose

to his immediate left in center field and

Kevin Pillar

to his far left in left field. Is this a view into the future of the Blue Jays outfield?

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With the thought of Melky Cabrera possibly playing his last game as a Blue Jay last night and Rasmus being effectively benched for the remainder of the season, fans may be in panic mode. Then, between slow, deep breathes into a paper bag, fans are given this little gem:

It’s not so much the lineup, but the quote of John Gibbons. “That could be your center and left fielder next year…”

What you talkin’ ’bout, Gibby?!

Is Gibby for real? Is he letting us in on the organization’s plans for 2015? Or, is he trying to prepare us now? Will the Blue Jays not make a play for Melky? The fact that Rasmus is sitting, even with Cabrera out is enough of a sign that the club won’t be bringing him back. Are they really going to try and replace the production of Cabrera and Rasmus with Pillar and Gose? Or, is it just a chance to give the younger guys the chance to earn a heavy look? Probably.

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  • Maybe Alex Anthopoulos has seen enough to make his decision. Pillar has nothing left to prove in AAA after tearing it up and being named a 2014 International League postseason All Star. They aren’t going to get any more out of him by leaving him there. As for Gose, he’s out of options, so they’re going to have to make a decision on him. It would appear that the Blue Jays want to see more from him to decide exactly what they have. Perhaps the only way to do so is with an extended period. Whereas with Rasmus, they know what they’ve got.

    The question is: Are we content with an outfield of Bautista, Gose and Pillar? Let us know below.