It was reported on Tuesday that the New York Yankees are “actively” trying to trade away J.A. Happ and the $17 million in salary he’s owed next season.
Happ, of course, was acquired by the Yankees for the wildly underwhelming package of Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney prior to the 2018 trade deadline. The lefty would go on to be a key addition to New York’s rotation, posting a 2.69 over 11 starts down in the stretch without picking up a single loss.
That showing was good enough for the Yankees to ink him to a two-year deal worth $17 million annually, plus a vesting option for 2021 if he pitches 165 innings or makes 27 starts. There isn’t a buyout attached to the deal, though, so the commitment really is just one more year if the team wants it to be.
But after an ugly 2019 season, the Yankees want to rid themselves of this commitment. Happ posted a 4.91 ERA last year, which was the worst showing of his career since he got things all sorted out in Pittsburgh back in 2015. Happ has always been more of a pitch-to-contact type of guy rather than somebody who strikes everybody out, but, a slight decline in …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation