R.A. Dickey says he was ready to make his start on schedule Friday, but Toronto Blue Jays management decided to give him and his fellow starters extra rest.
That was the question, whether or was the team being cautious or if Dickey was still feeling groin tightness. You still have to take his word with a grain of salt as few players are ever up-front or honest about their condition. In this case, it's probably a little from Column A and a little from Column B. He should be fine to make his start,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