Oscar Taveras is available, source said he'll not be on the DR roster (Bautista, Cruz, Boni, Gomes, Marte, Melky)
We've had a predictions thread before, don't feel like going through it again lol.
From the article:
"Other players expected to be in attendance Saturday include Phillippe Aumont (Philadelphia Phillies), Justin Morneau (Minnesota Twins), Russell Martin (Pittsburgh Pirates), Jeff Francis (Colorado Rockies), John Axford (Milwaukee Brewers), Scott Diamond (Minnesota Twins) and Chris Leroux (Pittsburgh Pirates)."
I hope Ryan Dempster plays, we really need him to anchor our staff. Him as the ace with two of (Bedard, Diamond, Francis) following, puts us in really good shape.
We could also have a nice group of power arms in relief with Axford, Henderson, and Aumont to go with Jesse Crain.
C Martin1B Votto2B Clapp3B LawrieSS who knowsOF BayOF TaveresOF who knowsDH Morneua
SP DiamondRP Crain/Axford
Pitching will certainly be the key, we've never gotten any quality MLB starters to show up.
Jameson Taillon could also be an option, both his parents are Canadian.
From the Toronto Sun:
POTENTIAL TEAM CANADA WBC ROSTER
(Statistics through Sunday)
Ryan Dempster, Gibsons, B.C. Rangers/Cubs (12-7, 3.07 ERA)Scott Diamond, Guelph, Twins (12-8, 3.64)Erik Bedard, Navan, Ont., Pirates (7-14, 5.01)Jeff Francis, North Delta, B.C., Rockies (5-6, 5.54)
John Axford, Port Dover, Brewers (5-7, 4.66, 33 saves)James Henderson, Calgary, Brewers (0-2, 3.24, 3 saves)Jesse Crain, Toronto, White Sox (2-3, 2.70)Phillippe Aumont, Gatineau, Que., Phillies (0-1, 4.35, 1 save)Chris Leroux, Mississauga, Pirates (0-0, 7.00)Scott Mathieson, Aldergrove B.C. Yomiuri Giants (2-0, 1.80, 10 saves)Dustin Molleken, Regina, Hokkaido-Nippon Ham Fighters (1-1, 3.38)James Paxton, Ladner, B.C. Mariners-AA (9-4, 3.05)Kyle Lotzkar, Tsawwassen, B.C. Reds-AA (4-6, 5.21)Jameson Taillon, The Woodlands, Tex. Pirates-AA (3-0, 1.59)Trystan Magunson Vancouver, Jays-AA (0-1, 1.95, 5 saves)
1. 3B Brett Lawrie, Langley, Jays (.274, 9, 44)2. C Russell Martin, Montreal, Yankees (.205, 18, 48)3. 1B Joey Votto, Etobicoke, Reds (.338, 14, 43)4. DH Justin Morneau, New Westminster, B.C., Twins (.276, 19, 77)5. LF Jason Bay, Trail, B.C., Mets (.155, 8, 20).6. RF Michael Saunders, Victoria, Mariners (.251, 17, 51)7. 2B Taylor Green, Comox, B.C. Brewers (.193, 3, 14)8. SS Peter Orr, Newmarket, Phillies (.306, 0, 6)9. CF Tyson Gillies, Langley, Phillies-AA (.304. 4, 24)
C George Kottaras, Markham, A’s/Brewers (.213, 8, 30)INF Jonathan Malo, Laval, Que., IND-Quebec (.288, 12, 63)1B Jim Van Ostrand, Richmond, B.C. Nationals-AA (.310, 10, 30).INF Mark Teahen, St. Marys, Ont., Nationals-AAA (.260, 3, 63).OF Rene Tosoni, Coquitlam, B.C. Twins-AAA-AA (.224, 4, 23)OF Adam Loewen, Surrey, B.C., Mets-AAA (.227, 8, 26)
And... here's the 23-man provisional roster:
As usual, not much pitching.