Blue Jays to open season with 13 pitchers on active roster

Brett Cecil is one of many -- too many -- Blue Jay pitchers on the active roster. (Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays , certifiable contenders in the tough AL East, have finalized their 25-man roster to start the season. Notable is the number of pitchers they'll be carrying.

For those counting, that's 13 pitchers -- or a majority of the active roster. It goes without saying that an eight-man bullpen severely limits a manager's tactical flexibility on offense. Proper platooning is one of the most important things a manager can do, but with a roster so larded with pitchers, it can't be done.

The days of the 10-man pitching staff are gone for good, but 13? That's not justifiable. As a consequence, the Jays will open 2013 with a bench that includes Henry Blanco , Rajai Davis and Mark DeRosa . That comes to exactly zero useful hitters lurking on the pine. DeRosa will platoon with Maicer Izturis at third (while Brett Lawrie is disabled, anyway), which means no suitable right-handed bat to pair with Adam Lind , for instance. That's to say nothing of the absence of late-inning bats. 

I get that this is a temporary arrangement for a DH-league team, and I get that that Jays are trying to delay waiver exposure for Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress , but in a division in which even a single squandered game can matter greatly, this seems like a short-sighted decision.

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