Reports: Yankees agree to deal with LHP J.A. Happ
Sportsnet New York and the New York Post both reported that Happ had agreed to return to New York on a two-year deal with an option, pending a physical.
Happ, 36, did not arrive in the Bronx until late July after being dealt by the Toronto Blue Jays, but the 12-year veteran made a big impact for the Yankees. He went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts down the stretch in helping the team to a 100-62 record and a playoff berth.
For the season, Happ made the All-Star team for the first time and finished 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 31 starts, the fourth time in the past five seasons he made at least 30 starts. Happ's best career season was with the Blue Jays in 2016, when he went 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA.
For his career, Happ is 109-82 with a 3.90 ERA in 284 games (259 starts) in pitching for six teams: the Philadelphia Phillies (2007-10), Houston Astros (2010-12), two stints with Toronto (2012-14, 2016-18), a combined 2015 season with the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, plus the Yankees for part of the 2018 season.
According to media speculation, the Yankees are also considering making a run at one of the most prominent free agents of the winter, infielder Manny Machado. However, New York general manager Brian Cashman said earlier this week that he doesn't intend to pursue free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.