Tag: J.A. Happ

Williams: Is There an Expiration Date For the Pirates’ Reclamation Magic?

Ivan Nova currently has a 3.87 ERA and a 4.06 xFIP. For a free agent signing on a three-year, $26 M deal, those aren't...

First Pitch: Which Mistake Will the Pirates Try to Avoid This...

The Pirates didn’t have a good off-season last year when it came to pitching. You could argue that one of their biggest mistakes was watching J.A. Happ sign elsewhere for an affordable three years and $36 M. They received a lot of criticism after trading for Happ, and then took even more criticism when they […]
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First Pitch: A Potential Rule Change That Could Impact a Few...

Today there was a report from the AP which discussed a few potential changes to the game in the future. In the second half of the article, there was a discussion about how MLB could change the strike zone. Specifically, the zone could be raised from just below the knee to above the knee. This would […]
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David Todd Podcast: The Alvarez Non-Tender, Happ, Pirates Pitching Depth

I had a radio interview with David Todd this afternoon on ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh. We discussed the Pedro Alvarez move from yesterday, along...

Did J.A. Happ Get Overpaid?

When the FanGraphs crowdsource contracts came out earlier this month, my thought was that the price for J.A. Happ seemed a bit high. He was projected for three years and $33 M, and that looked like a lot for a guy coming off his one good year, fueled by a seemingly impossible to repeat final […]
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Blue Jays Sign J.A. Happ to Three-Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that they signed left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ to a three-year contract worth $36M. He pitched in Toronto from 2012 until 2014, posting a 4.39 ERA in 291 innings during his time there. The 33-year-old Happ had a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts with the Pirates after being acquired from […]
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Neal Huntington on Off-Season, Glasnow, Bell, Kang, Happ, First Base, Watson

Neal Huntington was on The Fan this morning, discussing the off-season plans. As you’d expect, he didn’t really reveal much, and gave the typical answers to the typical questions. For example, the first two questions asked if the Pirates could afford to keep guys like Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Mark Melancon in 2016 and […]
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J.A. Happ Projected to Get Paid in FanGraphs Crowd Sourced Contract...

FanGraphs released their top 82 free agents today, ranked by crowd sourced contracts. The exercise is entertaining at the start of each off-season, giving a consensus opinion on what each player might receive on the open market in terms of years and dollars. Obviously these figures shouldn’t be taken as hard numbers for each player. […]
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Pending Free Agents Happ, Rodriguez, and Bastardo Open to Returning to...

PITTSBURGH — The 2015-16 off-season is barely 12 hours old for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it’s looking like it will be a busy time. Apart from losing A.J. Burnett and Aramis Ramirez to retirement, the Pirates will see a lot of free agents depart their team. Antonio Bastardo and Sean Rodriguez are two players who […]
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Happ Has Been a Great Story, But How Long Will That...

PITTSBURGH — I don’t think anyone expected J.A. Happ to be as good as he’s been for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The lefty came to the Pirates with a 4.64 ERA and a 4.16 xFIP with Seattle. His addition was last-minute, with a sudden need for a starter after A.J. Burnett went down with an injury. […]
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