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. “There was definitely an interest on the club’s part. We wanted to wait and see how his foot healed (he fractured his right foot last September). It was something that we said we would take a look at again. We started talking about it early in spring training again. We’re excited to have him.”

Its an amazing turn of events for Happ who, up until the contract offer, felt like a sixth wheel.

After being obtained from the Houston Astros in a 10-player trade last July, Happ was shocked to find he was being shunted to the bullpen instead of moving into the Jays’ shredded rotation. He made four relief appearances before he closed out the season as a starter.

Over the off-season, however, Happ was bumped to the back of the bus after the Jays obtained R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in trades. The Jays described Happ as added depth, with his probable fate being triple-A Buffalo.

However, guaranteed money talks, and Happ signed the deal.

“I had agreed (to the extension) before I had even found out that I would make the rotation,” Happ told reporters. “Obviously, there’s a trust and confidence in myself. I think this deal gives me more confidence that the organization believes in me to an extent and those are the things that went into the decision-making process.”