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Blue Jays Roster Moves

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We are learning what the roster will look like. At the moment the only question is "Do they go with a 7 or 8-man bullpen?" If it is 7 Ryan Goins makes the team, 8 he doesn't.

Things we know:

  • Josh Thole is optioned to Buffalo. Catchers are Russell Martin and Dioner Navarro. Martin will catch Dickey. Navarro will get some DH at bats.
  • Justin Smoak and Danny Valencia make the team and more or less share the first base job with Encarnacion.
  • Steve Tolleson makes the team.
  • Daniel Norris makes the team in the rotation, Drew Hutchison starts opening day.
  • Devon Travis is the second baseman.
  • Kevin Pillar plays left until Saunders returns.
  • Dayan Viciedo is cut...either going to Buffalo or released, not sure at the moment. Viciedo asked for, and was given, his release.
  • The bullpen appears to be Cecil, Loup, Castro, Osuna, Redmond, Hynes, Estrada. But that could change with arms becoming available from cuts with other teams.
  • The two on the bubble appear to be Hendriks and Goins. If they go with an 8-man pen (please no) it is Hendriks, if not it is Goins.
  • Bench would be (depending on who's playing first) Valencia, Navarro, Tolleson and maybe Goins.

We have a fair number of rookies: Travis, Castro, Norris, Sanchez, Osuna and Pompey.

I really don't understand why the Jays are so in love with the 8-man bullpen....it seems like a wasted spot to me.

Either he's a major leaguer or he's playing A ball.....very strange.