Wednesday morning was a busy one for those in Yankee-land as the Yankees agreed to a deal with free agent left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ. The agreement which was first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal in the morning, but later walked back, became finalized later in the day.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2018
Happ and the Yankees agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a third based on innings pitched and starts. Mark Fiensand was first to report the structure of the deal on Wednesday night but also noted the deal is still not finalized and is pending a physical.
Source: Yankees and J.A. Happ have agreed to the structure on a contract that would be two years plus an option for a third year based on innings pitched/starts. Deal still being finalized, plus physical.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 13, 2018
Sources: The Yankees and J.A. Happ are now in agreement on a two year deal with a third year vesting option. Deal done pending physical
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 13, 2018
The 36-year-old Happ joined the Yankees as a mid-season acquisition from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018. In 11 games with the Yankees, he was 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings pitched. Throughout his 12-year major league career, he owns a 109-82 record with a 3.90 ERA and 1,357 strikeouts in 1,530 2/3 innings of work.
Happ struggled in his lone post-season game, allowing five earned runs in two innings of work against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.
The contract will see the lefty stay with the Yankees through the 2021 season when he will be 39-years-old. He will be joining a rotation that has been retooled from 2018 to include Luis Severino, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and CC Sabathia.
The Yankees had been in a stiff competition for Happ after they missed out on free agent Patrick Corbin. The veteran lefty was fielding offers from multiple clubs including the Blue Jays, Phillies, Rangers, Reds, and Astros.