Posted February 22, 2012 on
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Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell has one less decision to make this season.
He knew before spring training even started how the back of the Blue Jays' bullpen would look: Sergio Santos will be his closer and Francisco Cordero the setup man.
The starting rotation? He's far less certain about that.
Coming into camp, Farrell envisions a starting rotation of Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Brett Cecil, Henderson Alvarez and Dustin McGowan. But he said, ''That doesn't mean that starters Kyle Drabek, Aaron Laffey, guys that are in camp here, (don't) have an opportunity to maker this club.''
Farrell added: ''We're also looking forward to the exposure that (minor league prospects Drew) Hutchison, (Chad) Jenkins, (Deck) McGuire are going to get to make an impression.''
The blue Jays acquired Santos in a trade with the White Sox after he saved 30 games in his first season as closer for Chicago and second in the big leagues over all....
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Dutch right-hander Rick VandenHurk has agreed to a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Veteran infielder Omar Vizquel arrived at the Blue Jays' Spring Training facility on Wednesday morning to start preparing for his attempt to crack the club's big league roster.
Sergio Santos, a converted infielder, now makes his living on the mound and will take over as the Blue Jays' undisputed closer just three years removed from his days as a position player.
Slugger Jose Bautista is back to full strength and arrived at the Blue Jays' Spring Training facility with the hope of putting his previous injury woes -- and offseason distractions -- behind him.
Ricky Romero aside, Toronto's starters must elevate their performances this year with the Blue Jays talking openly about their aspirations for the postseason.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed right-hander Rick VandenHurk to a split major league contract on Wednesday.
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The American League East is once again a banquet of riches in 2012 and the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to narrow the gap between themselves and the Big Three of New York, Tampa and Boston.
Mailbag: With a talented young roster showing signs of emerging and a top-notch minor league system already in place, it's not hard to see the Toronto Blue Jays being one of the game's top-10 franchises again in the very near future.