Found August 31, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Carlos Villanueva has given the Toronto Blue Jays a decision to make. He has come out of the bullpen for the second season in a row to provide help in the rotation. This year, Toronto lost three starters in a span of four games in June. Do the Blue Jays want to use him in the rotation next season? They haven't said. And their decision could determine whether he comes back. Villanueva can become a free agent at the end of the season, and he feels he has earned a chance to start in some team's rotation. When manager John Farrell was asked if he would like to have Villanueva in the rotation next season, he was non-committal. "That question will be answered in good time," Farrell said after Villanueva got the decision Thursday the Blue Jays' 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. "If nothing is done before the end of the season, he has earned his right to test the market. We have every intention to keep in him the rotation until the end of the season."...
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