Cecil And Rogers Avoid Arbitration, Ink One Year Deals With Blue Jays
The last time the Blue Jays actually went to arbitration with a player was back in 1997 with pitcher Bill Risley.
Cecil had a breakout year in the Blue Jays bullpen in 2013 going 5-1 with a 2.82 ERA while striking out 70 batters in 60 and two thirds innings pitched. Cecil also made his first career All-Star game appearance as well. He made a smooth adjustment to the bullpen after flaming out as a starter in 2011 and 2012. Cecil started the year as the planned long man out of the pen, but he was so impressive early on that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons began using Cecil in high leverage situations late in games. His work in the pen also caught the eye of Jim Leyland (the manager of the American League All Star team) who was so impressed that he named Cecil a reserve all star.
Esmil Rogers had an up and down 2013 going 5-9 with a 4.77 ERA. Rogers also appeared in 44 games and started 20 of those games. He pitched 137 and two thirds innings while only striking out 96. Rogers started the season in the bullpen but after the starting pitching injuries hit the team He was moved to the starting rotation in the end of May. It looked like the team found gold as Rogers impressed in June, but in July and August the wheels had fallen off as Rogers went 0-4 in the heart of summer with a ERA well over 7. Rogers made a relief appearance in the end of August, but was moved back to the rotation in September and pitched well with the exception of his final appearance in Baltimore.
Rogers will most likely be given a chance to compete for a job in the rotation. Most likely will end up back in the bullpen.