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Blue Jays extend J.A. Happ through the 2014 season

Mar 27, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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It’s been quite a week for J.A. Happ. On Tuesday afternoon the 30-year-old left-hander was officially named the Blue Jays’ fifth starter. And now comes word that his pockets are getting a little fatter. beat writer Gregor Chisholm reports that the Jays have signed Happ to a two-year contract extension worth $8.9 million. That sum includes his already-locked-in $3.7 million salary for 2013 and adds on a $5.2 million salary for the 2014 season.

Happ posted an ugly 4.79 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 144 2/3 innings last summer between Houston and Toronto. But he has a 1.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this spring.

The new extension also carries a $6.7 million club option for the 2015 campaign.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    I am sure that he is now J. A. Happy. Earlier, he had lamented the possibility that he would start the season in Triple A. He ceased complaining early this week, so in retrospect I am sure that he was aware of the contract negotiations. He will be well paid even if he is eventually sent down to the minors. Last year the Jays were painfully aware that “You can never have enough pitching.” This signing is a good thing.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Right on; Happ puts us over the top. I’ve got my chairs out for the parade already.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        Happ was jerked around by Farrell last season. Fortunately, Farrell can now mess with the Red Sox pitchers.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Happ never got a fair shake the first 7+ years he was in the league, not until he got traded to the jays. Now he is the next Steve Carlton, i see him winning 25 games at least

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      “J.A Happy” is so terribly lame its awesome.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Hey do me a favor and call AA on the phone since i know you have his ph# and ask him if they are printing out the world series tickets yet, thanks.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      I remember one fame in his rookie year, I think, where he shut down the Yankees in convincing fashion, so I have a higher opinion of this guys ability than is probably justified by his body of work over his career..

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    His performance this spring has been very good. I can’t comment about his time in Houston last year, but he was OK with the Jays even though Farrell couldn’t make up his mind about how to use him. He was used as a relief pitcher as well as a starter by the Jays, prior to being shut down in September with a foot injury.

    • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Agree. The Jays are so good, we should just talk about how terrible the Red Sox are.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Since you really are a Red Sox fan in disguise, I have to agree with you that the Red Sox will not make the playoffs this year.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        I agree with the “real” proudly, jays are just unreal i mean they are kicking in spring training and thats just as good as doing it when it matters. Who cares if its been 20 years since they been anywhere near the playoffs, print the WS tickets and lets talk about the doom and gloom concerning the Yankees instead

  3. jaysfan64 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Agreed – this is a good deal for both parties…

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      go drink some more kool aide with your butty proudly

    • paperlions - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      I don’t see how this is a good deal for Toronto. They essentially gave him what he’d likely get in arbitration next year if he has a solid year in 2013. So, if he is solid this year, they’ll get exactly what they paid for, if pitches like he did the last 2 years, they’ll get nothing at all.

      A fly ball pitcher with a high walk rate pitching in Toronto. Yeah, this ends well.

  4. jaysjunkie - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Interesting signing – that AA is an unpredictable one.

  5. stex52 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    He’s got some talent. He struggles with inconsistency. His tenure in Houston was not very happy, but I think that was a difficult place to be when he was there. I’m not sure he’s more than a #4/#5 pitcher, and I’m a little surprised they extended him so early. But you always have the feeling there is more talent there to develop.

    I hope he finds his groove with a good team.

  6. unlost1 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    way too much money for a 5th starter

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      In a world where paying Kyle Kendirck to be a 5th starter 3.5 to 4.5 MM/yr (at the time, now he’s the “#4” starter) was considered expensive what does it mean to pay J.A. Happ 5.2 MM?

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