Blue Jays: Big decisions coming to make the 40 man roster work

TORONTO, ON - JULY 24: John Axford #77 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on July 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 24: John Axford #77 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on July 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2: Mark Shapiro speaks to the media as he is introduced as president of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on November 2, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The Blue Jays are going to have some difficult decisions to make in order to add bullpen arms like John Axford and Bud Norris to the 40 man roster.

It’s funny to think about the conversation around the Blue Jays this winter and how they should add more firepower all over the diamond. Now that we’re nearing the end of Spring Training, there aren’t enough roster spots on the 25 man or the 40 man roster to keep everyone that should be able to contribute to the 2019 version of this team. Funny how that always seems to be the case, regardless of how active of an offseason we witness.

Ross Atkins and company are going to have to decide if they want to bring seven or eight relievers with them to start the year, among many other topics that I’m sure are being hotly debated in the front office right now. While we may be hoping that they’re discussing the possibility of keeping a guy like Bo Bichette with the big league team, they’ve definitely got more pressing issues to concern themselves with, and there are a lot of variables at play.

While they will have to sort out which 25 players will begin the year in the big leagues prior to Opening Day, the more difficult decisions will likely come with what to do with the 40 man roster. Obviously the two are connected as well, as the team will need to add a few potentially desirable options to their 40 man roster in order to add said player to the 25 man roster. That also means that one or more players will have to be removed, and that’s where things get complicated.

Still with me? If not it should make more sense by the time we’re done here.

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