Manager Cito Gaston predicts that the Blue Jays will stick with a similar starting five next season, writes Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Assuming they hang on to Roy Halladay, Gaston sees Shaun Marcum along with lefties Ricky Romero (Toronto's top pick in 2006) and Marc Rzepczynski as Doc's support in spots two through four.
The fifth slot is, of course, a long way from being ironed out, but 27-year-old David Purcey is an early candidate in the eyes of Gaston. General Manager J.P. Riccardi characterized Purcey as a guy who is "in the mix."
Gaston indicated that he does not think that starting pitching should be the team's main concern this offseason and should instead stand pat with what they have. Marcum, Romero and Rzepczynski have all posted solid numbers, with each recording a K/9 north of 7.
Would you focus on sprucing up the Blue Jays' rotation or improving on an offense that finished fourth in baseball's toughest division in OPS (.764)?