Toronto Blue Jays baseball is almost here.
After one of the most memorable offseasons in the history of the franchise, fans have waited patiently to see their team finally come together, to eliminate lingering questions and have a complete roster that represents the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays.
Throughout spring training, there were several position battles. A few of them were obvious in February and a few emerged in March. Second base was always up for grabs. The fifth starter role, however, was a shock for fans, players and management alike.
Despite the ongoing saga of Ricky Romero, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has to be confident heading into the April 2 opener against the Cleveland Indians.
Even with his 2012 Opening Day starter in Single-A, his team has five solid pitchers in the rotation. Even with his starting third baseman injured, he has two veteran backups hitting well in Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa. Even with the disruption of the World Baseball Classic, he still has a relatively healthy 25-man roster.
The encouraging thing about the 2013 version of the Blue Jays is that losing two star players, Romero and Brett Lawrie, has worried absolutely nobody.
Fans and management are confident. The depth of this team is staggering.
Here's a look at why the Jays have "playoffs" written all over them.