Report: Yankees expected to sign J.A. Happ to two-year contract


New York Yankees' J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during the first inning. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The New York Yankees are expected to sign free-agent pitcher J.A. Happ to a two-year deal, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is reporting.

According to to Nightengale, the deal should be made official by the Yankees on Thursday and will come with a vesting option within the range of $34-35 million.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Yankees were close to an agreement with Happ.

The 36-year-old left-hander split last season between the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, posting a 3.65 ERA and 1.131 WHIP across 31 starts.

Toronto dealt Happ to New York on July 26 in exchange for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney. Happ made 11 regular-season starts for the Bronx Bombers after the trade, going 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA. He pitched in one post-season contest for the Yankees, throwing two innings in a loss in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox.

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