Thursday December 4th, 2014

The Blue Jays have traded starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, the team announced Wednesday

Happ, 32, went 11-11 in 26 starts for Toronto last season. He had a 4.22 ERA and 1.335 WHIP in 158 innings. He could become a free agent after next season. 

Saunders, 28, batted .273 in 78 games last season with Seattle with a .341 on-base percentage. He can play all three outfield positions but has been used mostly in center and right. 

Report: Jon Lester likely to make decision before end of week​

The Mariners signed free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz last week, though he will likely play mostly as a designated hitter. 

The Blue Jays have been busy this offseason, signing Russell Martin as a free agent and acquiring Josh Donaldson in a trade with the A's. 

The team also announced Wednesday it had signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year contract.

A's GM Billy Beane denies trading Josh Donaldson due to spat​

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