News: Castro will open the season in the majors, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Castro has been having a very strong spring, posting a 1.80 ERA with nine strikeouts to no walks in 10 innings of work. The 20-year-old has yet to appear past the High-A level in the minors though, so a lack of experience could hinder him at first. The righty figures to slot into the club's bullpen and could potentially be a candidate to see some save opportunities should Brett Cecil struggle.
News: Osuna will begin the season in the major leagues, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Osuna, at 20 years old, will officially become the youngest Blue Jay pitcher to ever appear in a major league game when he debuts. The righty had an impressive spring as he worked to a 0.90 ERA with nine strikeouts in 10 innings of work and figures to begin the year as an earlier inning bullpen option.
News: Kawasaki was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Kawasaki has found a comfortable role with the Blue Jays the past two seasons, going back and forth between Triple-A Buffalo and the big-league club. The Jays once again have shaky depth in the middle infield and an unproven starter at second base, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a repeat in 2015.
News: Viciedo will opt out of his contract after failing to make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the idea of playing in the minor leagues probably doesn't have much appeal to a guy with 1,675 career at-bats in the majors. Of course, Viciedo may have a hard time finding a spot on a big-league roster, as he has increasingly developed a reputation as a one-trick pony.
News: Thole will start his season with Triple-A Buffalo, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Russell Martin has apparently done a decent job of handling R.A. Dickey this spring, allowing the Blue Jays to stick with just two catchers on the Opening Day roster. Thole is only the third backstop in the organization, but the Jays could eventually decide to carry three catchers, if Martin struggles to handle Dickey.
News: Hutchison will start on Opening Day against the Yankees, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: As expected, Hutchison will head the Toronto rotation, getting the nod over R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle. Coming off a 184-strikeout season, Hutchison is looking to improve on his 4.48 ERA. He had some trouble with home runs last season but still managed to post a respectable 3.85 FIP, complementing his excellent K:BB ratio (184:60) over 184.2 innings
News: Pillar made the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: With Michael Saunders (knee) expected to miss the first week or two of the season, Pillar should get some extra playing time in left field. Once Saunders is healthy, Pillar will likely be the fourth outfielder, which could still leave him with a good bit of playing time.
News: Smoak made the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: Smoak was widely expected to make the roster, as the bigger question is in regard to his playing time. He got off to a terrible start this spring, but he does have four home runs, seven walks and 10 strikeouts in 46 at-bats, with his .196/.315/.478 slash line held back by a poor BABIP. Smoak is Toronto's best bet to serve as designated hitter against right-handed pitching, but he probably won't have a long leash if he struggles.
News: Tolleson (hand) made the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: Devon Travis will be the starting second baseman, leaving Tolleson to work in a reserve role. Tolleson's hand injury apparently isn't too serious, as the team clearly expects him to be ready for Opening Day.
News: Travis made the Opening Day roster and will serve as the Blue Jays' starting second baseman, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Steve Tolleson also made the Opening Day roster, while Ryan Goins seems to be up in the air. Travis could eventually lose playing time to one of those guys or Maicer Izturis (groin), who will open his season on the disabled list. Despite never playing above the Double-A level, Travis is the only one of the bunch offering any kind of upside. The others are all-glove, no-bat types with minimal power and speed.
News: Pompey was told Tuesday that he will be on the Opening Day roster, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Given that he's expected to serve as the Jays' starting center fielder, Pompey probably wasn't too worried about whether or not he'd make the Opening Day roster. While it's only fair to expect some struggles at the plate, Pompey should be an excellent source of steals, so long as he's an everyday player. He owns a surprisingly strong .327/.364/.519 slash line this spring, with six extra-base hits (one homer) and three stolen bases over 52 at-bats.
News: Toronto has picked Hutchison to make his first opening-day start, and the right-hander is slated to face the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on April 6 in New York.
Impact: Hutchison is 1-2 with a 4.80 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium. After missing the 2013 season while recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, Hutchison was 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA in 32 starts last season. He is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four spring training appearances.
News: Toronto released Viciedo from his minor league contract.
Impact: Viciedo agreed with the Blue Jays on Feb. 28 and was competing for a reserve outfield spot after Michael Saunders tore his left meniscus shortly after the start of spring training. After being informed Tuesday that he did not make the opening-day roster, Viciedo requested his release. He would have earned $2.5 million if he made the major league roster.
News: Cecil, who was scheduled to make his second consecutive appearance Monday, did not travel with the team, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Kennedy followed up by reporting that John Gibbons didn't think it was necessary for Cecil to make back-to-back appearances before the season started. Cecil could make an appearance over the next two games, so there is no indication that anything will change with his role as the closer.