Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 15th save after throwing a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts against the Cubs on Saturday.
Papelbon has now made nine-straight scoreless appearances, though he's only recorded three saves in that span. He's posted a 9:2 K:BB over those nine innings and his ERA is now down to 1.42 on the year. He remains one of the top closers in the game and has fantastic job security.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