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One man’s misfortune is another’s opportunity. With the news that Romero will start the year in the minors, J.A. Happ will take over the last starter’s role in the rotation.
At first it was unclear whether Happ would start the year in Buffalo and wait for an injury to get his chance to pitch, but John Gibbons has said that he has “pitched too good not to be on the team.”
The confusion continued as it was unclear whether or not that meant he would be spending his time in long relief, biding his time until he was needed in the rotation, but the news of Romero’s demotion has opened the door for Happ.
On Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm for MLB.com reported that Happ resigned with the Blue Jays for two more years. His deal is worth $3.7 million in 2013 and $5.2 million in 2014 for a total of $8.9 million.
Happ appeared in 10 games last year for the Blue Jays, recording a 3-2 record and a 4.69 ERA. He will undoubtedly be looking to improve on that in 2013. His first scheduled start is April 6 against the Boston Red Sox.
Happ has earned himself a starter’s role, and a new contract. It's been a good week for Happ.
Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress
The domino effect of Romero’s demotion continued throughout the pitching staff, as it was recently confirmed that Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress will start the year with the Blue Jays.
Although Cecil and Jeffress struggled this spring, with ERAs of 7.04 and 9.00, respectively, they will find themselves in the big leagues come April.
No one’s position was in as much jeopardy, especially given their spring training stats, as Cecil and Jeffress. Although they will be on a short leash to start the season, they are both out of minor league options.
That means that if they struggle, they would need to clear waivers before finding themselves in the Blue Jays minor league system. The Blue Jays are unlikely to risk losing them and therefore will be extremely hesitant to demote them. These are two definite winners.
Is this the year we believe the hype?
He has a new hitting coach that has appeared to turn his swing completely around. He has been smacking baseballs this spring like the 2009 version of himself who won a Silver Slugger Award. He has hit for power and average, and if his name were not Adam Lind there would be some serious hype surrounding the numbers he has put up.
But alas, he is indeed Adam Lind; the much talked-about, quintessential quadruple-A baseball player who can dominate triple-A pitching but struggles to find his groove in the majors.
As of right now, Lind will be the Toronto Blue Jays' designated hitter. He has earned himself an Opening Day roster spot, and if he continues to hit well he could be the difference between a good team and a great team.