The Blue Jays are overflowing with pitchers, five of whom are out of options. In a recent article, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian named Brian Tallet, Dustin McGowan, Shawn Camp, Merkin Valdez, and Sean Henn as pitchers who would need to clear waivers before being sent to the minors.
Which Jays' hurlers are locks for the Opening Day roster? In the bullpen, Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, and Kevin Gregg will take three of the seven spots. Camp and Jesse Carlson seem like good bets as well, perhaps leaving a battle for two bullpen spots.
Regarding the five rotation jobs, Ricky Romero, Shaun Marcum, Brandon Morrow, and Marc Rzepczynski are my frontrunners. Having been retained on a $2MM contract, Tallet would appear to have a good shot at some role on the 12-man staff.
The Jays will probably buy some time by starting a few pitchers on the DL. This situation will become clearer during Spring Training, but GM Alex Anthopoulos almost needs to make a couple of trades. The highest-paid Blue Jays pitchers seem most likely to go: Downs ($4MM), Frasor ($2.65MM), and Tallet ($2MM). Camp and Accardo will also earn more than a million.