The Twins moved to solidify their starting rotation on Wednesday, reaching an agreement on a one-year, $8 million contract with veteran left-hander J.A. Happ, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical and was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Twins moved to solidify their starting rotation on Wednesday, reaching an agreement on a one-year, $8 million contract with veteran left-hander
With Jake Odorizzi, Rich Hill and Homer Bailey all free agents, the Twins have been in search of depth to support a rotation that features Kenta Maeda and José Berríos at the top.
Happ brings no shortage of experience. The 38-year-old has spent 14 seasons in the Majors with the Phillies, Astros, Blue Jays, Mariners, Pirates and Yankees, amassing a record of 123-92 and an ERA of 3.98 over 324 games (298 starts).
Happ had been with the Yankees since a July 2018 trade from Toronto. Over his time in the Bronx, he went 21-10 with a 4.13 ERA, which translates to an above-average 106 ERA+. That record includes nine starts in 2020, when Happ posted a 3.47 ERA (123 ERA+), with 42 strikeouts and 15 walks over 49 1/3 innings.
Despite modest velocity, the lefty remains a fastball-heavy pitcher. In 2020, he threw his four-seamer and sinker a combined 66% of the time, but opponents managed only a .175 average against those pitches.