Blue Jays trade LHP J.A. Happ to Mariners for OF Michael Saunders

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. 

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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.

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