Toronto Blue Jays: Breaking Down Each Key Position Battle in Spring Training

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Toronto Blue Jays: Breaking Down Each Key Position Battle in Spring Training
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

After a disappointing 2013 season, the Toronto Blue Jays will try their luck again with nearly the same roster that they fielded last year.

Whether that strategy pays off remains to be seen. But the major impact of this strategy is that it doesn’t leave a lot of roster spots up for grabs this spring training.

The only key positions realistically open for competition are backup catcher, fourth outfielder and the fifth spot on the rotation.

It’s important to note that spring training performance won’t be the only factor that goes into judging who makes the Opening Day roster.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos will no doubt consider who has minor league options remaining and won’t be lost on waivers if they don’t make the team. Players without options will be presented with every chance to make the roster in order for the team to avoid losing them for nothing.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the each of the three key position battles in spring training.

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