Happ hit free agency last week after posting a 3.65 ERA with 193 strikeouts and 51 walks over 177.2 innings in 2018. That performance led to the 36-year-old’s first ever all-star selection in July, and he was traded from Toronto to New York later that month, ensuring that he’s not tied to draft pick compensation as a free agent.
The Blue Jays are seeking pitching this winter after a season in which their starting pitchers combined for a 5.14 ERA. While it’s not every day that players re-sign with the teams that trade them, Happ has already done so once, returning to Toronto on a three-year, $36 million deal during the 2015-16 off-season.
As for the Yankees, they’re seeking pitching with left-handers Happ, Patrick Corbin and CC Sabathia reportedly on their radar following a 100-win season.