J.A. Happ “generating lots of” trade interest


The Blue Jays sent first baseman Adam Lind to the Brewers on Saturday for right-hander Marco Estrada, clearing up some payroll space and adding depth to their starting pitching staff. Now the Jays may deal from that pitching depth to fill another area of need.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that left-handed starter J.A. Happ has been “generating lots of interest” on the trading block after posting a decent 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 133/51 K/BB ratio across 158 innings (26 starts) in 2014. Moving him could maybe fetch some offense and clear up a rotation spot for a youngster like Aaron Sanchez or Daniel Norris.

Toronto exercised a $6.7 million option on Happ last week.

The 32-year-old southpaw can become a free agent heading into 2016.