Jays sign pitcher J.A. Happ to one-year deal
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A Happ works against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a game in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 18, 2013 11:25AM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 18, 2013 3:33PM EST
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ and infielder Emilio Bonifacio by signing the players to one-year deals.
Happ's deal is worth US$3.7-million, while Bonifacio signed for $2.6 million.
Happ, projected as the team's sixth starter, was 10-11 with a 4.79 earned-run average in 28 games last season, including 24 starts between Houston and Toronto. The six-foot-six, 195 pound lefty won 10 or more games for the second time in his career, while posting a career high 144 strikeouts.
The 30-year-old has a 35-35 career record with a 4.19 ERA in six seasons with Philadelphia, Houston and Toronto. The Blue Jays acquired of his as part of a 10-player trade last season.
Bonifacio, 27, came to the Blue Jays in the blockbuster trade with Miami that also brought pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle and shortstop Jose Reyes to Toronto.
He batted .258 last season in 64 games, with 30 stolen bases in 33 attempts.