This from Toronto Sun, Jan 8, 2013:
When J.A. Happ arrived last year following a trade with Houston, he wasn’t too pleased to open his career with the Jays in the bullpen.
So he won’t like the latest news.
When queried about Happ on Tuesday following R.A. Dickey’s news conference, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said there’s a possibility he will open the season in the minor leagues — probably at Buffalo — instead of in the bullpen.
The thing is, the Jays still look upon Happ as being a starter. As it stands now he would be their sixth best starter on the team and that leaves him without a job in the rotation. However, they would like to keep him stretched out as a starter in case of injury to one of their starting five and that means he’s likely headed to Buffalo to start there instead of being used as a long reliever in the bullpen.
“Right now he’d be our sixth starter and he’ll be used as a starter in spring training,” Anthopoulos said. “Then he would be competing for a spot in the bullpen and he does have options (to be sent to the minor leagues) left. Right now we have a starting five going in. He’s that sixth guy and could end up in the ’pen but in a more unlikely scenario, he could get optioned.”