Monday, February 25, 2013
No guarantees for Happ
By Doug Mittler
J.A. Happ allowed three hits in two shutout innings against the Yankees Sunday, an outing that will be remembered for an errant pitch that broke the forearm of New York outfielder Curtis Granderson.
Happ has additional concerns – while he is a veteran of 96 major league starts and is just 30 years old, there is no guarantee he will earn a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays' revamped roster.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca writes Happ is in a “grey zone.” The southpaw is the odd-man out in the Jays’ rebuilt rotation and may not earn a spot in the bullpen because Brett Cecil, another potential lefty long reliever, is out of options. The Jays could be more inclined to give Cecil a roster spot and avoid the possibility of losing him to waivers.
That raises the question of whether Happ could become trade bait later in the spring because starters are always in demand. Happ was a combined 10-11 with a 4.79 ERA and an impressive 9.0 strikeout/walk ration for the Astros and Blue Jays last season.