14 pitchers? A three-man bench? Let’s project the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster!

Spring is almost here.

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Dunedin on Thursday and the Blue Jays will play their first game of 2021 exactly one weeks from today. We also got a list of non-roster invites to spring training, so that’s how you know it’s real.

Presenting our non-roster #SpringTraining invitees! pic.twitter.com/LvXwBVjwri
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) February 13, 2021

Beyond the players on the 40-man roster, this collection of prospects and minor-league deal guys will be among the nearly 70 players heading to Dunedin over the next week. Most of these names are there to get experience and get up to speed at the team’s facility ahead of minor-league spring training, which will happen after the big-league teams start rolling.
Anyways, with spring training about to start, let’s take a look at the team the Blue Jays will send north (to Buffalo???) at the end of March.
Here’s an interesting note from Dan Shulman from back on Thursday, in which he figures that the team will operate with a 14-man pitching staff and three-man bench in 2021 now that active rosters aren’t limited to 13 arms. Given Toronto’s ho-hum rotation, it would make sense to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Major League Baseball plans to start the 2021 season as scheduled

You can finally start your pitchers and catchers report countdown.

According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association have both announced their intentions to stick with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and operate the 2021 season as normal.
Here’s what MLB said…
“We have announced the dates for the start of Spring Training and the Championship Season. As we get closer we will, in consultation with public health authorities, our medical experts, and the Players Association, determine whether any modifications should be considered in light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases and the challenges we faced in 2020 completing a 60-game season in a sport that plays every day.”
And here’s what the PA said…
“As we’ve made clear to the league on multiple occasions, we expect Spring Training and the Regular Season to start on time and as scheduled, consistent with our CBA. The league does not have the authority or legal basis to unilaterally delay or shorten the schedule without Players’ consent. While there will continue to be challenges, our Players have proven they can safely play a season under difficult circumstances, as have the other sports. The Commissioner’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: Pitchers and catchers report (and so does the bad news)!

Daily?!?!?!?

Baseball is back! Pitchers and catchers reported to Blue Jays camp today, position players will report by the end of the week, the first full team workout will be on Monday, and we’ll have our first game of 2020 next Saturday. With real baseball on the horizon, we also had an influx of news reported today, a lot of which was, uhhhh, not very good.
First and foremost, we have an injury update on Eric Pardinho…

Eric Pardinho, one of the Blue Jays top pitching prospects, had Tommy John surgery today. Will be back in 2021.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) February 12, 2020

This sucks ass. Pardinho, who was Toronto’s big international free agent splash a few years ago and has risen up the rankings to become one of the top pitching prospects in the organization, will miss the entirety of the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
If there’s one saving grace here, it’s that Pardinho was already incredibly advanced for his age. As an 18-year-old, he posted a 2.41 ERA over seven starts in Low-A Lansing, a league in which the average player is nearly 22 years old. Pardinho’s 2019 season was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Getting to know the 50 guys coming to Blue Jays spring training (Part 1 – Pitchers)

Pitchers and catchers! They’re reporting in under a week! Baseball games! They’re being played in like two weeks! Holy hell!

The Blue Jays will have 50 guys at spring training this year, everyone from their 40-man roster and 10 other non-roster invitees. I’m so bored so excited that winter is almost over and baseball is around the corner that I’m going to introduce you to all 50 of those players.
We’ll also see a handful of prospects make their way into games, but they’ll be attending Toronto’s minor league spring training, so I’ll just focus on the 50 guys who could feasibly break camp and travel north with the club.
Anyways, here they all are. No, not all of them at once, you lunatic. Here are the pitchers. I’ll go through the position players later.
RHP Chase Anderson: Toronto’s first major acquisition of the off-season, Anderson was picked up as a salary dump from the Milwaukee Brewers. Even if he doesn’t rebound from his mediocre season in which he posted a 4.21 ERA over 139 innings, Anderson is a nice depth addition …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation