The glitz and glamor of the offseason is all but gone as the Toronto Blue Jays ready themselves for the much anticipated 2013 baseball season. With exactly two weeks remaining until opening day, the Blue Jays still have some tough decisions to make surrounding certain key players.
The 5th starter spot in the rotation has been debated to the point where it has become a distraction during spring training. Rumors swirled last week that J.A. Happ has requested a sit down meeting with General Manager Alex Anthopoulos in regards to his uncertainty with the team. Happ has been battling for the 5th spot in the rotation or at the very least a bullpen spot, however the Jays may be more inclined to have Happ start in the minors in order to keep him stretched out as the emergency sixth man. The emergency may come sooner than later as the shell of his former self Ricky Romero has had a terrible spring and not showed any signs of improvement. Romero was arguably one of the worst starters in the game last season and also seems to be dealing with confidence issues. Happ on the other hand is having a decent spring training and deserves a roster spot.
The aloof Colby Rasmus has appeared absolutely lost at the plate in grapefruit league action accumulating only three hits all spring. To make matters worse, outfield prospect Anthony Gose has had a phenomenal spring and appears poised to be an everyday starter at the major league level. The sticking point is the $4.675 million Rasmus is due to earn in 2013 and for that reason he should get the initial nod over Gose.
Emilio Bonifacio has also played himself as the favorite to win the second base job over Maicer Izturis. The 28 year old speedster is batting just under .300 with six stolen bases this spring while Izturis has been a non-factor with the bat with the exception of one game where he had five runs batted in. This may end up as a platoon position scenario until someone asserts themselves as the definite starter in April.
The bullpen still has question marks with out of option hurlers vying for a roster spot and the injury to Casey Janssen and the likelihood of him being healthy enough to break camp with the Jays.
Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons and company will have an interesting last couple weeks of spring as players and fans wait to see where the chips finally fall come April 2nd.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.