Report: Blue Jays interested in reunion with J.A. Happ

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The Toronto Blue Jays are in the market for starting pitching, and a familiar name might be one of their targets.

Toronto is interested in a reunion with left-hander J.A. Happ, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Happ has had two prior stints with the Blue Jays and was an all-star for the club in 2018.

The 38-year-old was traded from the Blue Jays to the Yankees midway through the 2018 campaign and has sported the pinstripes ever since.

Happ pitched to a 3.47 ERA in nine starts with New York in 2020, striking out 42 batters in 42 1/3 innings. He owns a 3.88 ERA over 135 total games with the Blue Jays.

General manager Ross Atkins has already addressed one hole in Toronto’s rotation this off-season by re-signing Robbie Ray, but there’s still room for improvement behind ace Hyun-Jin Ryu and phenom Nate Pearson. The Blue Jays are expected to be one of MLB’s most aggressive teams this winter, as they look to take another step forward in their team development.

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