Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tough but necessary roster decisions


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Although we may not always agree with the decisions that the Toronto Blue Jays make, I understand why they have to be made. Jeremy Accardo and Joe Inglett were optioned down to Triple A simply because there was not enough room on the 25-man roster.

In the case of Joe Inglett it’s not that he did anything wrong in Spring Training, it’s just that after committing to John McDonald, Kevin Millar, and Jose Bautista, there simply wasn’t a spot for another utility infielder. I imagine we won’t have to wait too long to see Inglett’s soul-patched face once again in Toronto. He’s a very versatile player who is incredibly talented, and it would be a waste for him to sit in Las Vegas all year.

Jeremy Accardo on the other hand is a little more complicated of a story. There were some concerns about him earlier in Spring Training, and those 10 earned runs didn’t exactly help his case. Word if him losing his split-fingered pitch also was probably another reason why Accardo didn’t make the cut. I don’t think this necessarily means guys like Shawn Camp and Jason Frasor are better than Accardo, it’s that Accardo has much more to benefit by spending the first part of the season pitching in Triple A.

I have to admit that I am kind of sad to see Jeremy Accardo and Joe Inglett left off the 25-man roster. Of course, being left behind in Vegas does not mean that these guys are banned to eternal damnation. All it takes is one injury before they’re called back up to the big leagues.

For traveling purposes, obviously the flight from Vegas to Toronto is much longer than Syracuse to Toronto, so I hope that Accardo and Inglett have their Air Miles cards ready.

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