Jose Bautista had a monster game, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a pair of runs scored in Friday's loss to the Yankees.
Bautista went yard twice on Friday night, giving him three home runs over his last three games. The Blue Jays slugger is having himself a great season, slashing .297/.412/.524 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI through 347 at-bats. What is even more impressive is that he has taken more walks (66) than he has strikeouts (62), which is incredible for this late in the season for a power hitter on his level. He remains an elite fantasy option even if he slides a bit in the stretch run. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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