Report: Blue Jays, Yankees among teams to show interest in Happ

Shi Davidi and Arash Madani look at the Blue Jays’ interest in pitcher J.A. Happ, with Ross Atkins meeting with their former pitcher’s agent.

The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are among the teams with interest in free agent left-hander J.A. Happ, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Tuesday.

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.

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