Jul 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brett Cecil (27) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Cecil may be back in the rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays next season

Not too long ago, the Toronto Blue Jays moved left handed relief pitcher Brett Cecil from the 15 day disabled list to the 60 day, shutting him down for the remainder of the season.

Cecil has been dealing with some elbow inflammation as he appeared in 60 games for the Blue Jays this season. Cecil managed to pitch 60 innings of work and carried an ERA of 2.82.

Now according to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the team is considering putting him back into the rotation next season.

“We never talked to Brett about it, but we kicked it around for a brief moment because obviously he had success and we had holes that had come up.” Alex Anthopoulos told Sportsnet.ca.

This team did in fact run into some problems with their rotation last season. They lost J.A. Happ for a good part of the season after he was struck in the face by a linedrive in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

R.A. Dickey’s numbers dropped compared to last season. He finished the year 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA and 177 strike outs. Compared to 2012 with the New York Mets where he finished 20-6 with five complete games, three of them being shut outs and 230 strike outs.

So Cecil being placed back into the rotation isn’t all that bad of an idea. In 2010 he finished the year 15-7 after pitching 172.2 innings and had an ERA of 4.22 with 117 strike outs. So if he can get back to that form, he should be perfectly fine.

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  • david s

    I would rather have Cecil stay where he is. The man was an all-star in relief not as a starter. I would rather take a chance on JJ again and put him fifth in the order. I would even try McGowan over Cecil as a starter. I know… fragility. However, he does want the chance to prove himself as a starter and he does have better stuff than Cecil. Just ask AA. McGowan is training for a starter spot too. It could be a big mistake… a tragedy. Yet, McGowan could be the come back story of the decade if successful.

    The Bullpen shone. It shone because of Brett and others. Why change one of the few things that worked well? Yes, there are holes in the starting rotation, but there is time to trade and buy one top man perhaps two starters that can succeed in the AL East (e.g., Jeff Samardzija). I think that JJ will bounce back. I think one power pitcher from outside the organization might be enough. The Jays have more depth now in starting pitching.

    The bullpen most likely will not be as strong as 2013. Why? Well, it often happens that a strong pen goes south the next year. Taking Cecil out might make it weaker still. No, leave him where he is.

    The only way I would agree is if Jeffress shines during Spring Training as a replacement reliever and Cecil out shines above all others as a starter. The list of those who want to be a 4th or 5th starter is quite long as it is. There enough arms available to keep Cecil where he is.