Cole Hamels made a rehab start Saturday at Class A Clearwater. Hamels allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings of work.
This was Hamels second rehab start and he showed significant improvement across the boards. The Phillies will likely have him do at least one more, probably at the Triple-A level, and put him on track to return by GM Ruben Amaro's April 22 target date.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year deal.
On the surface, this doesn't look like a good deal for the Blue Jays. While they're desperately in need of a starter, and Happ fits the bill as...well, a starter, this is an overpay. $12 million a year for a 33-year old pitcher who had a 3.61 ERA last year, and last had a qualified season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2007, doesn't seem like the smartest of investments. Happ does have upside, in fact he had a 1.85 ERA and 2.19 FIP (63.1 innings) in Toronto last year in Pittsburgh last year, after being traded to the team from the Mariners, but a 4.64 ERA and 4.12 FIP in 108.2 prior innings with Seattle is less than encouraging. This deal could turn out well, but it is much more likely that it is a bust for the Blue Jays. Analysis: Ben Diamond