The Blue Jays have a lot of their 25 man roster pretty well established, but there are a few battles to keep an eye on during the spring schedule.
One thing that comes with having a pretty veteran heavy roster is a lack of competition for jobs, and that’s the case in a lot of areas for the Toronto Blue Jays this year. Barring injury we pretty much know who the rotation will be, and the majority, if not all of the everyday lineup for John Gibbons.
There will be accountability, especially when it comes to health and playing time for the veterans, but otherwise we can expect names like Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, Justin Smoak, and others we’ve gotten used to over the last number of years. There are new faces to look forward to watching like Randal Grichuk, Curtis Granderson, and more as well who are going to be counted on heavily this year.
The rotation is pretty much set in stone barring injury, with Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ, and Jaime Garcia slated to take the ball at the beginning of games. Joe Biagini may push the veterans, but in all reality he’s facing a start in Triple A if he’s not sent to the bullpen.
However, there are a few competitions to pay attention to now that Grapefruit League play has gotten underway. The bullpen is far from written in ink, and there are a few veterans that will not only have to earn their playing time, but likely their spot on the team. Things could also change quickly with additional roster moves before Opening Day, and the Blue Jays have admitted that they’re still keeping their eyes open, especially toward the bullpen.
All of that said, who are the players currently battling for a job when the team goes North?