A few things were finally settled this week before the Jays head to Montreal before the official start of the season.
Logic prevailed and Aaron Sanchez was named fifth starter. Sanchez pitched so well this spring, after working hard in the off season to bulk up and prepare to be a starter, the Blue Jays basically didn't have a choice. Obviously performance is the biggest thing that should determine who pitches where but the Jays wouldn't be remiss if they decided they wanted to reward someone who put the extra effort in, especially a player they see as part of their future.
Remember, also, they kept Sanchez instead of Noah Syndergaard in the Dickey deal four years ago. It's not a point to say they are desperate to see Sanchez succeed because the other one pitched in the World Series in 2015, but they probably do want to see what they have here.
There has been some argument made on 590 The Fan this week that the Jays are throwing fans a bone with this choice, but I'm not seeing that. Probably just as many newer fans wanted Sanchez in the bullpen because it's a known quantity and that's the way it was later in 2015. Throwing raging fans a bone seems like a stupid way to run an organization.
I made the argument earlier in the spring that if Sanchez pitches to his potential, the loss of David Price becomes much less of an issue (and a hell of a lot less expensive.)
Arden Zwelling wrote about Sanchez and his off season for Sportsnet.
P.S. Russell also says his goal is a World Series. Awesome.
Now it's time for your reminder that some of us speak French in this country.
Martin speaks Joual, which is the French that comes out of Montreal. I find Joual to be charming. I'm sure it makes proper French speakers grit their teeth. Martin "Frenchifying" the word "upside" is a hallmark of Joual. It's nifty a Blue Jay can do this.
You get one "play the right way", Russell. I hope you enjoyed it.
Osuna was also named closer, a decision that got a lot of press but is a little less of a big deal. Storen is going to get plenty of innings. It did give lots of fuel to the people that like to harp on about how Gibby likes to sow divisions in a united clubhouse. Which is funny.
Also, here is Tulowitzki 's. Massive hat tip to the editor who left the emo pauses at the end, like Troy was doubting his answers.
Bob Elliot covers the traditional state of the union address given each year at the end of camp by the longest serving Blue Jay. This year it was Jose Bautista. Bautista had a lot to say.
Also hilarious, Bautista incredulous that Bob Elliot didn't know when the Super Bowl was. Add in a Diet Coke, and it's a very Bob Elliot moment.
John Lott, for Blue Jays Nation, writes about the new trilingual interpreter for the Jays, Josue Peley