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Blue Jays may turn to Drew Hutchison after missing out on Ervin Santana

Mar 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Toronto missed out on Ervin Santana after apparently thinking he was all but signed, with general manager Alex Anthopoulos saying the free agent right-hander joined the Braves instead because he didn’t want to pitch in the American League.

Now that the dust has settled on that situation Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated during a Sportsnet 590 radio interview today that the rotation spot they hoped would go to Santana will likely go to right-hander Drew Hutchison, who missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery.

Prior to blowing out his elbow Hutchison was a very good prospect who had a 2.53 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 149 innings as a minor leaguer in 2011 and then showed promise as a 21-year-old rookie in 2012.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    So far this spring, Drew Hutchinson and Ricky Romero have easily been the most impressive of the pitchers vying for the final 2 spots in the rotation.. So far, J. A. Happ has been hapless. Esmil Rogers, Kyle Drabek and Todd Redmond are still in the mix, but have had uneven results. Rogers gets the start today. Sean Nolin and Marcus Stroman are not ready to make the jump from Double A and are likely to start the season in Triple A. Dustin McGowan is a long shot to make the rotation.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Esmil Rogers did not help his cause today. He struck out 6 over 3 innings, but also gave up 2 homers and 4 earned runs.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Esmil Rogers? Yea ok that experiment really worked out great last year didn’t it? I hope he does get a spot in the rotation..

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I am sure you do. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy Sabathia’s demise this season. His fastball has gone AWOL.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Our rotation will be a top 5 junior, I have no worries about that. Your team is so cheap they have to start kids who flat out are not ready for prime time and are going to get hammered and the vets in your rotation are much better suited for the NL. Get ready for another train wreck, bank on it!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        I am ready for the Yankee train wreck this season. It will be a joy to behold.

  2. garybrian - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Why does everyone “give” the number 4 spot to Happ? He hasn’t done anything to prove that he has actually earned the spot.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      He’s lost the security of the number 4 spot after his second spring start. He is battling back problems since the start and his new arm slot started in august did provide good numbers in the tail end of the year so they are just waiting to see if once his back heals, he provides closer to what august and sept showed.

      Sounds like Hutch has the number 4 slot right now and the 5th is up for grabs.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Really what this headline should say is “Bluejays have no choice but to add Hutch to the rotation” and this is great news. I love the fact they gotta throw anyone they can find in the rotation. What might be even funnier is even if “hutch” is a good pitcher which I have doubt just from looking at his last 2 years in the minors how many innings can this guy throw? I think he has like 50 innings total over the last 2 years so what can one expect this year? 40? LOL the jays rotation will once again be a train wreck, bank on it!

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      So Harry, tell us about that bad shouldered pitcher the Yankees are counting on named Pineda who hasn’t pitched for 2 years. There is a good possibility that in the AL East he will become a piñata.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        You should be worried about Pineda, he is looking great and he has the stuff to mow down any lineup. You wish the jays had a kid that had half his talent but instead you got train wrecks like Drabek who will never amount to anything in the big league

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        I hope that Pineda makes the Yankee rotation. At the moment, that is not a given.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Are we also banking on Ervin Santana becoming a blue jay, too? That’s the last thing you were babbling about on here. I suspect when you’re found to be totally wrong you’ll disappear from these boards. a person like you lacks any integrity at all.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        speaking of a$$es look who is here? the best part of you ran down your mama’s chin.

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