Jays' J.A. Happ wants to keep spot in rotation

J.A. Happ has a big contract and a spot in the Jays' rotation. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

J.A. Happ has a big contract and a spot in the Jays' rotation. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

J.A. Happ and Ricky Romero are two ships sailing in different directions.

In the past two days, Romero went from being the No. 5 starter in the Blue Jays’ rotation to being sent down to the class-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

Happ, meanwhile, went from being the No. 1 starter at triple-A Buffalo to the pitcher who will take over Romero’s rotation spot. As an added bonus, the 30-year-old left-hander received a contract extension Wednesday evening, one that will pay him $5.2 million in 2014 with an option the following season at $6.7 million.

The contract for Happ wasn’t banged out in the last few days, but has been in the works for some time.

“It’s something that we first discussed in the off-season when we were doing his arbitration case,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Thursday.


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