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These Are The 4 Teams Reportedly In The Running For All-Star SP J.A. Happ

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to sell a number of pieces before next Tuesday's MLB trade deadline. One of them is All-Star starting pitcher J.A. Happ.

The 35-year-old left-handed Happ is one of the top starters left in a pitching-thin market. Not surprisingly, he is commanding plenty of attention.

Earlier this afternoon,'s Mark Feinsand reported that he was hearing the Jays are getting closer to moving Happ.

If and when Happ is moved, it will probably be to one of these four teams: the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees or the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees are desperate for another starting pitcher, given the lack of depth in their rotation and the poor season they've gotten from Sonny Gray, who they acquired at last year's deadline. The Brewers, meanwhile, have a gaping hole left after the injury suffered by lefty Brett Suter, as Feinsand noted.

The Cubs have two quality lefties in Jon Lester and Jose Quintana, as well as a steady veteran righty in Kyle Hendricks. However, Chicago is still using the erratic Tyler Chatwood in its rotation, and Yu Darvish is injured. Therefore, they could use Happ.

Lastly, the Phillies are one of the surprises in baseball this season. They are firmly in the hunt for the NL East crown, and adding Happ as a veteran starter down the stretch could be a huge bonus.

Which team winds up landing Happ? Stay tuned.