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J.A. Happ | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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J.A. Happ was once again obliterated in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over his five innings.
Happ issued a pair of walks and struck out three on the afternoon. He now owns a troublesome 7.90 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 13 2/3 spring innings. The Mariners brass has to be considering if they'd be better off with Roenis Elias in the rotation instead of Happ at this point. Mar 29 - 9:59 PM

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J.A. Happ was hit hard in Tuesday's loss to the Padres, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Happ also issued three free passes while striking out three. The Padres struck for three runs each in the second and third frames, with Justin Upton belting a two-run homer along the way. While he's locked into a spot in the Opening Day rotation, Happ has posted a disappointing 7.27 ERA over 8 2/3 innings in Cactus League action.
Mar 24 - 9:52 PM

J.A. Happ delivered a strong start in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings.

The veteran southpaw struck out a pair on the afternoon. He's locked into a spot in the Mariners rotation to begin the season, though with a career 4.24 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, not even the friendly confines of Safeco Field will make him mixed league relevant.
Mar 13 - 7:59 PM

J.A. Happ yielded a pair of runs in his two innings of work in Sunday's 10-1 loss to the Reds.

Both runs came in the bottom of the second on Donald Lutz's two-run home run. Happ overall gave up two hits and a walk while striking out one. The lefty, acquired from the Blue Jays in the winter, appears to have the Mariners' fourth rotation spot cemented.
Mar 8 - 6:34 PM

Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits said Saturday that J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and plans to use the pitch with a much higher frequency in 2015.

The changeup was arguably the veteran southpaw's worst pitch last season, which could be why he only used it 9.5% of the time, down from his career usage of 12.3%. If Waits and company can improve the pitch though, and provide more deception and separation from his fastball, it could become more of a weapon for him.
Feb 28 - 11:20 AM

Mariners acquired LHP J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for OF Michael Saunders.

Happ went 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA this past season, and he's got a reasonable contract for 2015. He should slot into a M's rotation that was already pretty good heading into next year. A trade of some of that depth for an outfielder is likely already in the works.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Jayson Stark of reports the Mariners have acquired J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays for Michael Saunders.

Happ owned a 4.22 ERA over 158 innings this past season, so he's certainly a serviceable starter that will help the M's next year. The deal gives the Mariners a collection of starters, possibly freeing them up to trade one -- Taijuan Walker, maybe? -- for some more offensive help. Happ will make $6.7 million in 2015.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:12:00 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that J.A. Happ has "been generating lots of interest" on the trade market.

The Blue Jays picked up Happ's $6.7 million option on Friday, but they could decide to deal him in order to free up some payroll space. The Jays acquired some starting depth with Marco Estrada on Saturday and also have the option of putting Aaron Sanchez and/or Daniel Norris in the rotation. Happ is coming off a decent 2014 campaign, having put up a 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 133/51 K/BB ratio over 158 innings.
Source: Sportsnet
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Blue Jays exercised LHP J.A. Happ's $6.7 million option for 2015.

The 32-year-old southpaw did a decent job for the Jays in 2014, posting a 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 133/51 K/BB ratio over 158 innings. He's expected to open the 2015 campaign occupying one of the final spots in the Blue Jays rotation.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:20:00 PM

J.A. Happ limited the Orioles to two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Saturday to earn his 11th win.

Happ gave up only four total hits in an impressive finish to what was a rocky 2014 regular season. The 31-year-old left-hander will finish 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 133/51 K/BB ratio in 158 innings.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 06:38:00 PM

J.A. Happ was done in by a pair of Steve Pearce home runs, allowing five runs (four earned) over six innings, in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Pearce hit a solo shot off of Happ in the third inning, then added a three-run blast in the fifth. Overall, Happ yielded eight hits, walked none, and struck out five. The left-hander will head into a home start against the Mariners on Monday with a 4.35 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and a 124/48 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:48:00 PM

J.A. Happ was handed a tough-luck loss Friday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Rays.

Happ gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. The lone run scored on a solo homer from Ryan Hanigan in the third inning, but with rookie Nate Karns dealing on the other side, it was enough to put the southpaw in line for the loss. Happ now sits at 9-10 a 4.28 ERA on the year. He'll get the Orioles next on the road.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:09:00 PM

J.A. Happ allowed four earned runs over six innings Saturday night in a loss to the Red Sox.

Happ walked four and gave up seven hits in the rough outing. He's now 9-9 on the season with a 4.44 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. A home meeting with the Rays is next.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 11:48:00 PM

J.A. Happ posted his ninth victory Sunday, allowing three runs over seven frames in a 4-3 win over the Yankees.

He yielded nine hits -- including a home run -- but didn't walk anyone and struck out six. Happ has often been hit-or-miss but overall has pitched well in the second half, posting a 3.51 ERA over eight outings. He'll square off against the Red Sox at Fenway next weekend.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 04:14:00 PM

J.A. Happ allowed three runs over six innings and struck out eight Monday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

With this week set to determine whether the Jays are still in the playoff race, a pre-Aug. 31 trade for Happ can't be ruled out. The Jays probably aren't going to want to pick up his $6.7 million option for next year, but he has been decent enough to perhaps help a contender at the back of the rotation next month. Since the All-Star break, he has a 3.46 ERA and a 37/11 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:00:00 PM

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C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
3Steven Baron
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
3Carlos Rivero
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Dominic Leone
7Tyler Olson
8David Rollins
9Edgar Olmos
10Mike Montgomery