There will be no discipline for Josh Hamilton

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Because of Josh Hamilton’s severe substance abuse history, MLB has taken an interest in the young man since he resumed his baseball career following all of that time in the wilderness.  He has to check in with the league’s substance abuse panel and stuff.  And according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, he did just that recently, and they’re content to let his latest lapse go without formal discipline:

Daniels said beyond formal discipline, any recommendations made by the MLB substance-abuse panel are confidential.

“We will take additional steps to support him,” Daniels said. “We will have more ability to help him during the season. There will be no formal discipline.”

Hamilton was on some radio show on Glen Beck’s video network thingy the other night and said he’s undergoing counseling — both drug and couples counseling — so that’s probably all that’ll happen.

No word on what this all means for Whitney Houston.

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.