Spring Training is nearly upon us. With pitchers and catchers due to report in just over a month, the Blue Jays roster is rounding into form. With the most recent acquisitions being that of Brandon Belt and Zach Thompson, it’s clear the Jays are now intent on fortifying the depth of the roster. This is shaping up to be one of the most talented rosters in the organization's history.
This talent can be seen quite literally from top-to-bottom. Multiple All-Stars at the top in Vladdy, Bo, Springer, Kirk, Chapman amongst others. New, more athletic players in Kevin Kiermaier and Daulton Varsho. Pre-existing role players who’ve shown brief periods of brilliance in the past like Santiago Espinal and Whit Merrifield. A capable rotation headed by a two-headed monster in Manoah and Gausman, and a suddenly very deep bullpen headed by Jordan Romano.
Even with the recent trade of Gabriel Moreno, the minor leagues find themselves loaded as well. A number of veterans will be headed to Buffalo with the intention of providing depth should the major league team need reinforcements. Talented younger players who offer major league potential will be close by in Buffalo as well, as guys like Yosver Zulueta and Addison Barger could very well impact the majors in 2023.
With all this talent, there exists the fun problem to have in how exactly these players will be used in 2023. These questions are had amongst good and bad teams alike, with them often answered in the spring. The Blue Jays can be intelligent in the way they incorporate their players. Position battles, players having seemingly healed from their previous ailments, and new faces will dominate headlines from February until March 29th. Spring training will shed light on how the Jays plan to use their roster, with these three questions piquing my interest the most.