Blue Jays: 2023 World Baseball Classic rosters announced, who's in for the Jays?
On Thursday evening, this year's World Baseball Classics were officially announced. This year's event features a ton of familiar faces scattered on teams all over the globe.
Who's in? Were there any players that backed out of previous commitments?
José Berríos - Puerto Rico
Berríos, 28, is coming off of a down year last year but is staying active this offseason and will hopefully benefit from these additional reps before the regular season begins. He will represent Puerto Rico alongside old friend Marcus Stroman.
Jiorgeny Casimiri - Netherlands
Casimiri, 21, has been in the Blue Jays organization since 2019 and has been a decent relief pitching prospect, especially last season when he made it up to A-Ball. He will suit up for his home country alongside former Jays outfielder Josh Palacios.
Yimi García and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Dominic Republic
García and Guerrero are going to be suiting up for the Dominic Republic, two players that had already been previously confirmed. The addition of these two is huge for the DR, further adding to a team that already features old friends César Valdez, Joel Payamps and Teoscar Hernández.
Spencer Horwitz - Israel
Horwitz, 25, has been added to the 40-man roster by the Jays and is inching closer to his big league debut. He has proven his worth in the minor leagues and is sure to benefit from these additional reps on a national stage. He will play for Team Israel alongside old friend Danny Valencia.
Alejandro Kirk - Mexico
Kirk, 24, had been another player said to be verbally committed to play in this year's World Baseball Classic. On the heels of an impressive breakout campaign, he will suit up for Team Mexico alongside familiar faces like Taijuan Walker and Rowdy Tellez.
Otto Lopez and Damiano Palmegiani - Canada
Lopez, 24, and Palmegiani, 23, are the two Blue Jays representatives to be suiting up for Team Canada. They will be joined by former Jays players Andrew Albers, John Axford and former minor leaguers Kellin Deglan, Curtis Taylor, Adam Loewen and Phillippe Aumont.
Any other old friends around the tournament?
Gio Urshela, who was a member of the Blue Jays for about an hour in 2018, will play for Colombia.
Eric Sogard, a member of the 2019 Blue Jays, will suit up for the Czech Republic.
Darnell Sweeney from the 2018 Jays will suit up for Great Britain alongside recently-traded outfielder Chavez Young.
Joe Biagini (2016-2019) and Sam Gaviglio (2018-2020) will both be on the roster for Italy. Current closer Jordan Romano had been commited to joining Italy but backed out last week in favor of attending Spring Training earlier.
Jason Adam (2019) and Kendall Graveman (2014) are going to be playing on the United States' roster.
Max Castillo, one of the players sent to Kansas City in the Whit Merrifield trade, will suit up for Venezuela.