After one of the biggest off seasons in franchise history, the Blue Jays headed to Florida with much more optimism than usual.
Aside from adjusting to their newly acquired players, Toronto welcomed back slugger Jose Bautista, who had season ending left wrist surgery in September 2012.
Bautista has hit three home runs in 10 games, but he is only hitting .192.
Bautista might be the most important player in the Blue Jays’ lineup, so his play for the rest of spring training will be an interesting story line.
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In February, manager John Gibbons announced that R.A. Dickey would be the opening day starter.
That makes perfect sense, considering the knuckleball pitcher is coming off a 20-win, Cy Young awarding-winning season.
The question, however, has become who will be behind the plate?
Dickey and catcher J.P. Arencibia are both on Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
It is possible that Arencibia would start opening day, but do not count out Josh Thole, who caught for Dickey while they both played for the Mets.
While Arencibia and Dickey helped Team USA advance in the WBC, third baseman Brett Lawrie failed to play a game for Team Canada.
Lawrie injured his ribs last week during an exhibition game.
Pitcher Josh Johnson, formerly of the Miami Marlins, has won two games with a 1.17 ERA this spring.
Many considered Johnson one of the elite pitchers in baseball a few seasons ago.
The Blue Jays will need a consistent Johnson for the 2013 season if Toronto wants to compete in the American League East.
Another former Marlin, shortstop Jose Reyes, has done a great job in limited games for his new club.
Since Reyes plays with the Dominican Republic in the WBC he has only played in five spring training games, but he has made the most of his opportunity.
Reyes has nine hits in 14 at bats, including four runs scored and three RBIs.
With Reyes projected to be the lead off hitter, Toronto will rely on his speed, contact and power throughout the 2013 season.
Since Reyes has been in the WBC, shortstop Ryan Goins has attempted to fill his void.
The 24-year-old lefty has not thrived (.200 batting average) in his 11 spring training games, but he has not tanked either.
Goins will be an interesting name to keep an eye on throughout the season, since he can help the Blue Jays as a utility infielder.
Although the Blue Jays are 7-8 in the Grapefruit League, spring training has never been about the records.
The Blue Jays, however, are tied for third in the MLB with 17 errors through the first 11 games of spring training, including four from utility man Emilio Bonifacio.
In Major League Baseball nothing is won in the offseason or spring training, but so far the Blue Jays have much to look forward to this season.