2012 Toronto Blue Jays

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  1. sonn

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    Pitching:

    Starters:
    Ricky Romero and Brendan Morrow will lead the rotation for the second year in a row. Romero is coming off a 15 win campaign in 2011 where he posted career highs in wins with 15. Expected by many to break out and possibly take over the #1 role last year Morrow struggled with the expectations. Morrow will to need to improve out of the stretch if he wants to have any sustained success. 21 year old Henderson Alvarez will enter the season as the 3rd starter after a promising rookie campaign. Rounding out the starting 4 will be former top prospect Kyle Drabek and Brett Cecil who won 15 games in 2010.

    Bullpen:
    A major weakness on the 2011 edition of the Jays the bullpen was completely rebuilt in the offseason. Sergio Santos was brought into close after a deal which saw prospect Nestor Molina heading to the White Sox. Santos was a major K artist last year striking out 92 in just over 63 innings. Career team appearance leader Jason Frasor was brought back after being dealt in the 3 way deal that brought Colby Rasmus to Toronto. Veteran Darren Oliver will bring a stablizing presence to the bullpen. Returning from last year are the always dependable Casey Janssen and Carlos Villanueva who will be the long man of the pen.

    Offense:

    Catcher:
    JP Arencibia enters his second year as the full time starter. JP showed decent power last year hitting 23 homeruns but with top prospect Travis d'Arnaud waiting in the wings, Arencibia will likely be made available in the near future.

    1st Base:
    In 2009 Adam Lind burst onto the scene hitting .305 with 35 homeruns and 114 RBI while posting a .932 OPS. Since that year Lind has fallen dramatically with many Jays fans hoping that the team would make a run at Prince Fielder this past winter. To the chagrin of many Lind is returning but this may be his last year to prove he deserves to be a core piece.

    2nd Base:
    GM Alex Anthopoulos has had his eye on Kelly Johnson for a few years now and finally acquired him in a deal with Arizona that saw the disappointing Aaron Hill going the other way. Johnson performed well in 33 games with the Jays last year and will look to build on that this coming year.

    Shortstop:
    Yunel Escobar was the team most consistent hitter after Bautista last year and while not the prototypical leadoff hitter Yunel excelled in that spot in the order. Signed to a bargin contract of $5 million for next 4 years Escobar will a big part of the Jays offense for the next few years.

    Third Base:
    BC born Brett Lawrie might be the most hyped player ever to don a Blue Jays uniform. The 22 year old has even been getting recognition south of the border after a rookie season which saw him put up a .953 OPS. Lawrie has the potential to be one of the best players in the game.

    Right Field:
    Jose Bautista answered any doubts of whether he was a flash in the pan with 2011 season that was even better. Even though his home run total fell to 43 from 54 in 2010 he hit .302 with a .447 OBP. His OPS was even higher with an astounding 1.056 which was tops in the majors.

    Center Field:
    In Colby Rasmus the Jays hope to have found a steal in the similar to Yunel Escobar. Rasmus struggled after making the switch to the AL but the team hopes he will return to his 2010 form in which he was one of the top CFs in the game. If not speedster Anthony Gose will soon be waiting in the wings.

    Left Field:
    Eric Thames won the left field battle with former #1 pick Travis Snider and will look to build on a decent rookie season where he hit 12 home runs. In all likelihood the team will look to upgrade this spot during the season.


    Outlook:
    The Blue Jays should be able to contend for a wild card in the tough AL East and if everything breaks the right way challenging for the division crown shouldn't be out of the question. For that to happen however Toronto must get solid production of the 4th and 5th starters as well as hope that Adam Lind has a bounce back season. Another 4th place finish is just as likely in 2012 for the Jays.

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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    The good news is that you're on a level playing field in terms of OOTP skill. Outside of that though... who knows who wins the East. Im betting on Tampa.
     
  3. Dan Heckelbeck

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    Your owner passed away. The Royals have sent a HUGE flower arrangement and card to the church for the funeral.
     
  4. sonn

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    Haha thanks. Feel free to send Hosmer to the Jays as well. ;)
     
  5. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    Did he? I didn't see this in the news section.
     
  6. Dan Heckelbeck

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    Showed in the news section for me after yesterday's SIM.... did you update the league files?
     
  7. Dan Heckelbeck

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    I can screen print it when I get home tonight
     
  8. sonn

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    I saw it yesterday. His son took over.
     

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