Blue Jays sign J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed left-handed starting pitcher J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal, the team announced.

Happ was traded by the Blue Jays last year to the Seattle Mariners and with the Mariners, he struggled, going 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA and a 82/32 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After his struggles with the Mariners, he was traded to the Pirates at the trade deadline.

Happ, 33, was great for the Pittsburgh Pirates after coming over from the Mariners. In 11 starts, he went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA and a 69/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

That being said, Happ hasn’t had an ERA under three for an entire season since 2009 with the Philadelphia Phillies, so those numbers may be a bit deceiving.

It’s a curious deal and very well could mean that the Blue Jays are out on David Price, given how the team has already added two starters already this offseason.

With the rotation now addressed, expect the Blue Jays to turn their attention towards bullpen help.

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