New Week, Rotation Set?

Monday, March 17 2014 @ 11:50 AM EDT

Contributed by: John Northey

The rotation appears set now, Dickey - Hutchison - Buehrle - Happ - Morrow.  Set that way so Morrow will start vs the Yankees in the home opener.

The Sun reports that Happ has made the team for certain.  The 'out of options' team includes Brett Cecil, Jeremy Jeffress, Luis Perez, Esmil Rogers, Sergio Santos, Todd Redmond and Moises Sierra.  With an 8 man bullpen likely and Janssen, Delabar, Cecil all locks that leaves 5 open slots.  Rogers and Santos should be dead on locks with the other 3 listed so that leaves 3 slots for Jeffress, Perez, Redmond, Loup and McGowan (who is way past the option stage).  If options are key then Loup is doomed to AAA.  Jeffress and McGowan showed good stuff last year and I can't imagine the Jays letting either go.  That leaves 1 slot for Perez and Redmond to fight over, with Redmond being the favorite imo.  Loup should be on the staff in an ideal world, but unless we see a few put on the DL or the Jays are willing to risk losing someone I expect him to be in AAA.  For now I'd be on 'roster sickness' sending Perez off and maybe something similar for McGowan given his limited innings this spring.

Sierra has to be the 4th outfielder/RH DH I think. Goins at 2B seems a lock, with Izturis as the backup. Kratz seems to have won the backup catchers job so that should end all the battles.  Not a perfect team by any stretch, but that is what we have.  Your 2014 Toronto Blue Jays...

CA: Navarro/Kratz
1B: Encarnacion
2B: Goins
3B: Lawrie
SS: Reyes
LF: Cabrera
CF: Rasmus
RF: Bautista
DH: Lind
OF: Sierra
UT: Izturis

Rotation: Dickey - Hutchison - Buehrle - Happ - Morrow
Bullpen: Janssen - Cecil - Delabar - Santos - Rogers - McGowan - Jeffress - Redmond

Loup being the first to slip into the pen once someone gets hurt.