Jays' manager John Farrell speaks about Friday's trade -- sent in by Brendan Kennedy
Jays' manager John Farrell's quotes on the impact of the Jays-Astros trade in a pre-game sessions with writers at Fenway Park, including The Star's Brendan Kennedy
Comment on the addition of two established major leaguers.
"Given the situation we've come through, this is a welcome sight. In the event struggles might persist, we've got the ability to adjust internally rather than go in an untested direction."
Regarding J.A. Happ's role,
"He'll go in the bullpen initially. Talking to J.A. a couple of times today, one, just a natural from the standpoint and where we are in the turn of the rotation. We're going to evaluate things in the rotation as we move forward on a short-term basis and we know we've got someone who's made 18 starts already this year, he's been a multi-year big-league starter and if we feel the best option is to make a change, we'll evaluate it to do just that."
On the relief for the relief from relying so heavily on Frasor, Oliver and Janssen.
"Lyon has obviously got a lot of experience in that back end and now in the role that he's in to be able to bridge to a closer, it gives us a guy with some certainty about him, more dependability, whether it's strike throwing ... Obviously coming back into this league after being in the National League for a couple of years, there will be a little bit of an adjustment. But the fact is he's pitched in that role and we can spread some things out as far as the workload goes."
What does it mean for the clubhouse?
"It shows that one, we've made a move and we've addressed an area that's needed to be looked at and that's certainly creating some depth overall, pitching wise. What this means in terms of the next 10 or 11 days, remains to be seen. But I think at the outset we've got someone in Happ that it's not just a short-term fill, there's control here with him.I think more than anything it signifies we've at least taken an initial step to address our pitching."
Happ will start in bullpen and be a multiple innings guy -there was thought to putting him directly into the rotation
"That door's not been closed, by any means. We'll work to evaluate where we're at and who he might replace when that time comes."
Is it a matter of the guys in the rotation simply not having done anything to lose their job, that's why you can't slot him in?
"Pretty much. We're being objective about it and yet we know we've got a proven major-league starter ready to go when that opening comes about."