#bluejays announce J.A. Happ avoids arb with 1-year/$3.7M. Happ had filed but 2 sides had not exchanged $$ — point of no return for GM AA.
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) January 18, 2013
STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND FORM AN OPINION ON THIS.
The Blue Jays may not have a bunch of jerseys frozen in giant blocks of ice all over the city right now but that isn’t stopping the team from pulling out all the stops to make headlines.
Basically everyone that makes a living reporting on transactions for the team just momentarily flooded timelines all over the internet with the news that J.A. Happ will be returning to the team for the sure-to-be-illustrious 2013 season. So yeah, you can rest safely knowing the customized Happ jersey you had made up last season still has a place in your game day rotation.
Any quick, nearly effortless attempt at penciling a starting 5 rotation together at this point sees Happ lining up as a long reliever / spot starter. Knowing the Jays injury history at the position there’s a very good chance he’ll be seeing a fair share of work this season. He managed to contribute 1.8 fWAR between Houston and Toronto last season, to go along with a 4.01 FIP / 3.92xFIP that led to a slightly unlucky 4.79 ERA.
At the risk of beating you all over the head with statistics, I’ll admit that the thing that makes me happ-iest (Holy shit I’m a genius) about all this is the guarantee that we’ll see more stuff like this:
from my favourite Blue Jays parody account: Hipster J.A. Happ.
$3.7M buys a lot of quinoa and organic peanut butter. Maybe even a top of the line really crappy fixie as well.
Ride tall, J.A. Ride tall.
#Bluejays settle with Emilio Bonifacio at $2.6 million, avoiding arbitration.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) January 18, 2013
Been a pretty wild ride here so far today. Boneface is also locked up for a year at $2.6M.
Josh Thole is the only one left on the list of arb eligible guys waiting to surely sign a 1-year deal.