Gillaspie was acquired earlier Friday in exchange for minor-league right-hander Jeff Soptic.
Because Gillaspie can’t open the season in the minor leagues without passing through waivers first, it enhances his chances of breaking camp with the club.
Assuming John Danks is healthy enough to start the season on time, the following is the projected 12-man pitching staff: Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Danks, Jose Quintana, Addison Reed, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Hector Santiago and Donnie Veal.
That would leave one spot available in a battle that comes down to not only Gillaspie and Morel, but outfielder Jordan Danks as well. Both Morel and Jordan Danks have minor-league options where Gillaspie doesn’t. Danks' chances are hurt by the fact that Gillaspie also bats left-handed.