The early word out of San Francisco is that Frank Gore might get 50 fewer carries this year. He had 276 last year.
The niners have been preparing for the wheels to come off the Frank Gore cart for three seasons now. They have an elite core of back-up runners headed by Kendall Hunter, trickling down to draftee Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore, and LaMichael James. It's too early to tell what the distribution will look like, but 2013 was Gore's least efficient performance as a runner. This is a situation to monitor. ANALYST:
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