By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Yankees re-signed pitcher J.A. Happ to a two-year deal with a vesting option for a third-year on Wednesday, according to The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.
The 36-year-old Peru, Illinois native was acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays prior to the trade deadline. After being acquired by the Bronx Bombers, he went 7-0 in 11 starts with a 2.69 ERA over 63 ⅔ innings.
He also allowed 20 runs (19 earned runs) with 10 home runs. He also struck out 63 batters and walked 16. Happ allowed 51 hits with the Yankees.
The Yankees turned back to Happ after losing out on signing free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. After being on the market for some time — and having interest from early teams early on in the process — Eovaldi re-signed with the Red Sox.
General Manager Brian Cashman’s first move of the off-season was making a trade to acquire Seattle Mariners ace James Paxton. The top-of-the-rotation starter is expected to be either the ace of the rotation or the No. 2 starter with the Yankees.
In his 12-year career, Happ has a 109-82 record in 284 games, including 259 starts with 10 games finished, four complete games, and three shutouts. He has a 3.90 ERA with 1,530 2/3 innings pitched, while allowing 712 runs (663 earned runs) with 189 home runs allowed. Happ has struck out 1,357 batters and walked 556.
Besides pitching for the Blue Jays and the Yankees, he has also pitched for the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Seattle Mariners.
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