Today, it looks like David Price will not return to the Toronto Blue Jays with the team signing former Blue Jay, J.A. Happ to a 3 year deal worth $36 mil.
In fact, Happ was a Blue Jay from 2012 to 2014. Happ had a good first stint in Toronto by posting a 19-20 record with a 4.39 ERA, 256 K’s, 113 walks in 291 innings of work. Happ left Toronto after the 2014 campaign and joined the Seattle Mariners in 2015 via trade from Toronto for Michael Saunders, but later found himself getting traded to a playoff contender in the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline.
In addition, Happ landed this deal from the Toronto Blue Jays because of his successful 2015 season. The 33 year old pitched in 172 innings with a 3.61 ERA, 151 K’s, 45 walks and earning a 11-8 record.
Finally, Happ will join Estrada, Dickey, Stroman, and either Chavez, Huctnison, or Sanchez in the rotation.
Overall: Good deal for a team needing to put money into resigning the key young guys like Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez, but potential resigning the 2015 MVP in Josh Donaldson. I would give this a grade of an B+.