The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed LHP J.A. HAPP to a two-year contract worth US $8.9 million for the 2013 (US $3.7 million) and 2014 (US $5.2 million) seasons, superseding the one-year deal agreed to on January 18, 2013. The club will hold an option for 2015 of US $6.7 million. As part of the contract Happ will make a donation to the Jays Care Foundation.
HAPP, 30, combined to go 10-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 28 games last season with 24 starts between Houston and Toronto. The 6'6", 195 pound left-hander has won 10 or more games twice in his career, while posting a career high 144 strikeouts in 2012. Happ owns a 35-35 career record with a 4.19 ERA in his six seasons with Philadelphia (2007-10), Houston (2010-12) and Toronto (2012). This spring, Happ has posted a 1.90 ERA in seven appearances, six starts, to rank among the Grapefruit League leaders.
Alex Anthopoulos and J.A. Happ will be available to the media tomorrow morning at 9:00am at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. The session will be available to members of the media to listen to via conference call. Please contact the Communications Department for call-in details.