— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2014
With the addition of the 32-year-old Happ, the Mariners seemed to add the pitching depth they needed to possibly make another move to acquire another bat for their improving offense. But there’s a chance that the left-handed Happ may not stay with Seattle very long.
On Friday it was reported by Kevin Shockey of Spots Radio KJR, that the Mariners had already started to receive calls from other teams asking about their newly acquired lefty starting pitcher.
Zduriencik told us that he got a phone call from an interested club on J.A. Happ just this morning.
— Kevin Shockey (@KevinShockey) December 4, 2014
It would be odd if the Mariners did end up trading Happ just days after acquiring him. (But it might be sort of the norm for Happ who finds himself on his fourth team since the 2010 season.)
The Mariners choosing to keep Happ would make sense for a lot of reasons. Despite being a pitcher with a below .500 winning percentage and a career earned run average of 4.24, Happ is signed to a pretty fair rate that’s going to cost the Mariners just over $6 million dollars for one season. And with two 26-year-old southpaws in James Paxton and Roenis Elias projected to be in the rotation next season, Happ can serve as the veteran lefty to help mentor the two pitchers during the year, in what could be a playoff bound Mariners team this season.