Following his final Grapefruit League tune up vs the Pirates on Wednesday, the Blue Jays freshly minted 5th starter was offered a contract extension that could keep the 6’6″ left hander in Toronto for the next 3 seasons.
In January, J.A. Happ avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1 year, 3.7 million dollar contract for the 2013 season.
After an impressive spring training where the 30 year old Happ appeared in 7 games, posted a 1.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 18/7 strikeout to walk ratio, the former 12 game winner was offered an extension that could be valued at 11.9 million should Toronto choose to exercise an added club option for 2015.
Happs restructured contract breaks down as follows:
$3.7 million for 2013
$5.2 million for 2014
$6.7 million (club option) for 2015 with a $200 000 buyout.
Happ came to Toronto via a 6 player trade with Houston last July and would go on to post a 3-2 record with 46 strikeouts over 40.1 Innings pitched with the Blue Jays in 2012.
Credited with having a “sneaky fast” delivery, the former 3rd round draft pick has recorded a modest 4.19 career ERA over the course of 116 MLB games both in the rotation and out of the bullpen.
A press conference is scheduled for Thursday where both Happ and Toronto’s GM, Alex Anthopoulos will discuss the extension in depth.