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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning in Toronto on Sunday July 24, 2016. Toronto beat the Mariners 2-0. (Associated Press)

If one of your most time-honored traditions is watching players excel after they leave, that's not good 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • There have been a few memorably awful trades in the Mariners’ past. Most of us can tick them off without even pausing. Adam Jones et al for Erik Bedard anyone? But there may not be one player who has been involved in two trades – coming and going – that have hurt the M’s recently more than J.A. Happ. Read on.

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