You could call it a last ditch effort to save the season. Or can you?
On Friday the Toronto Blue Jays announced they acquired pitchers J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon from the Houston Astros for reliver Francisco Cordero and outfielder Ben Francisco. Six other players were also involved, but they are all minor leaguers.
My initial reaction after reviewing the deal was wow. It is amazing how much J.A. Happ’s stock has fallen.
Once rumored to be traded for Roy Halladay from Philadelphia to Toronto, Happ was instead in the Roy Oswalt deal and did nothing in Texas for the Astros going a combined 13-18 with an earned run average of 5.35 in 2011.
Something else that puzzles me at the moment is why the Blue Jays are putting Happ in as a reliever when clearly it is starting pitching they need help in?
After getting swept by the New York Yankees, the Blue Jays are now two games below .500 and with a weekend trip to Fenway, don’t seem to be in the American League Wildcard chase for much longer.