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Heyman | Blue Jays willing to listen on offers for JA Happ

Jon Heyman

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 30: Toronto Blue Jays Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) pitches during the regular season MLB game between the Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays on May 30, 2017 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON.(Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)

The Toronto Blue Jays are now said to be willing to listen on their fine lefty starter J.A. Happ, according to sources, though any deal they’d make is with an eye on 2018 and Happ is under contract through next year.

It isn’t known what the likelihood of a Happ deal might be, but they don’t appear to be shopping him hard, and understandably may not be at all disappointed to carry him into next year.

The Jays have made available free-agents-to-be Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano, who both aren’t having their best years. Both are talented pitchers with some October success in their past, so teams are considering those pitchers — though they may be fallback options to the few starters on the market.

The trade market for top starters is very thin, so Toronto may just take a look to see if someone would pay strongly. Happ had a big year last year — he finished 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA and earned a sixth-place Cy Young finish — but has missed a little time this year and is 3-8 with a 4.15 ERA. He is to make $13 million next year, the final year of a free agent deal he signed with Toronto.

The Blue Jays were defeated by the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5, on Saturday to drop to 48-56 on the season. They sit in last place in the American League East, nine games behind the New York Yankees. Toronto trails Kansas City for the second AL wild card by 7.5 games.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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