Yankees announce J.A. Happ’s return on two-year deal

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The New York Yankees have officially brought back J.A. Happ, signing the left-hander to a two-year contract that includes a vesting option for a third year.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple reports the deal is worth $34 million. The vesting option for the 2021 season is worth $17 million, according to reports.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Happ, 36, was arguably the Yankees’ most reliable pitcher down the stretch. He went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA after being acquired in a July 26 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, and he won the first five games he appeared in with the Yankees.8

The 12-year veteran is 47-21 with a 3.44 ERA in 88 starts over the last three seasons. He is projected to be part of a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and James Paxton, acquired from Seattle in a trade.

Happ’s success in his career against Boston was viewed as a major asset for the Yankees in their fruitless chase for the American League East title. He went 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox last season. In the final week of the regular season, during the Yankees’ series finale at Boston, Happ gave up a grand slam in an otherwise solid six-inning, seven-strikeout performance. He didn’t fare as well when starting Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Boston just a week later, lasting just two innings for his shortest postseason start, a 5-4 win by the champion Red Sox.

Happ was a first-time All-Star and had a 3.65 ERA and a 17-6 record in 31 starts last season for Toronto and New York. Happ has also pitched 10 postseason games with Toronto and Philadelphia.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Happ has a career record of 109-82 and a 3.90 ERA. He has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as the Blue Jays and Yankees. He was traded to Houston in a 2010 deal that brought Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia.