Blue Jays 2012: Who Will Be the 5th Man in the Rotation?

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Blue Jays 2012: Who Will Be the 5th Man in the Rotation?
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The Blue Jays will enter the 2012 campaign with relatively few question marks. Ricky Romero is the de facto ace, Brett Lawrie has taken over as the everyday third baseman, and the acquisition of Sergio Santos has quelled debate regarding who will close.

Of the uncertainties that remain heading into spring training — who will start in left field, which players will round out the bench with Jeff Mathis and Rajai Davis — the most intriguing is the competition for the final spot in Toronto's starting rotation.

Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow, Henderson Alvarez, and Brett Cecil enter camp with jobs in hand, while at least four other pitchers will be vying for the one remaining vacancy.

With just over a month to go before the 2012 regular season gets underway, the competition is set to begin, and the list of candidates is considerable

Here, we will take a look at who has the inside track.

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