While he’s competing for a reduced role, the Toronto Blue
Jays would rather use left-hander J.A. Happ out of their bullpen or stash him
in Triple-A rather than trade him, according to Andy Martino of The New York
Entering the offseason, it appeared Happ could be in line for
a shot at a rotation spot with the Blue Jays in 2013. However, Toronto acquired
Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from the Miami Marlins and R.A. Dickey from the
New York Mets. This trio will be paired with in-house arms Brandon Morrow and Ricky
Romero to make up the Jays’ starting staff.
Instead of competing for a starting spot, Happ is fighting
for a place in Toronto’s bullpen with fellow left-hander Brett Cecil. Happ has
expressed his frustration with his current role, as he continues to feel he is
a major league starter.
Toronto doesn’t necessarily disagree, as they’d like to keep
him around as insurance. They could do this by stashing him in the ‘pen, or
using him as a starter in Triple-A since he has options remaining.
Happ appeared in 28 games – including 24 starts – for the Blue
Jays and Houston Astros and last season, posting an ERA of 4.79 over 144 2/3
innings. The 30-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.19 with a strikeout-to-walk
ratio of 1.93 over parts of six seasons in the majors.
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