Happ signed a one-year contract with the Twins on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Happ had his $17 million option for 2021 declined by the Yankees in October, and he'll join the Twins on a one-year deal worth $8 million, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The 38-year-old made nine starts for New York in 2020, posting a 3.47 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 49.1 innings. He'll attempt to build on his production during his first season in Minnesota.
The Yankees declined Happ's $17 million option for 2021 on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The veteran southpaw's 2021 option was set to vest if he reached the pro-rated totals of 62 innings or 10 starts this season, but he fell short in both categories. Happ made nine starts in 2020 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 42:15 K:BB across 49.1 innings, and it's not much of a surprise the team wasn't interested at the $17 million figure.
Happ allowed three runs on three hits (one home run) and two walks while striking out three across five innings Friday against the Marlins. He did not factor into the decision.
Happ walked consecutive hitters after getting two quick outs in the first inning to bring up Garrett Cooper, who quickly turned on a first-pitch fastball that flew over the fence in right to put the Marlins up 3-0. Happ was able to get through the rest of his outing without yielding another run and escaped getting dealt the loss after the Yankees were able to tie it up in the eighth. The southpaw will head into the postseason with a 3.47 ERA and career-best 1.05 WHIP across 49.1 innings.
Happ (2-2) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out nine across eight scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Red Sox.
Happ turned in his longest outing of the season, tossing 113 pitches while keeping the Red Sox off the board. He got 11 groundouts in addition to the nine strikeouts, all while allowing just two extra-base hits. In his last three starts, Happ has allowed only three runs across 19.1 frames while racking up 24 strikeouts and two walks. He's in line for his final turn through the rotation Thursday in Toronto.
Happ allowed one run on five hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings in Sunday's win against the Orioles. He didn't factor into the decision.
Both starters were quite effective Sunday, and Happ was unable to return to the win column as much of the Yankees' run production came late in the contest. The southpaw now has a 3.96 ERA and 30:13 K:BB over 36.1 innings this season. He should take the mound again on the road Saturday against the Red Sox.
Happ (1-2) allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 across 6.1 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Happ was a tough-luck loser, allowing only a two-run homer in the second inning to Jonathan Davis. He was dominant otherwise, limiting the Blue Jays to just one other extra-base hit in the outing. It was by far a season-best strikeout total for Happ, doubling his next best mark. After struggling early on this season, Happ has now lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.31 mark across 31.1 innings -- though he has handed out 13 free passes. He's currently lined up to draw his next start Sunday against Baltimore.
Happ allowed four earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four across five innings Thursday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision.
Happ allowed only a solo home run through three innings, surrendering three hits in the process. However, he was hit hard in the fourth frame, permitting five hits and three earned runs. Entering Thursday's contest, Happ had surrendered only one earned run in his past two outings -- spanning 13 innings. He now has a 4.68 ERA through five starts to go along with a 15:11 K:BB. Happ is in line to take his next turn through the rotation Tuesday at Toronto.
Happ tossed a scoreless outing while giving up just three hits and striking out five across 7.1 innings Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
Happ was in a groove Saturday as he tossed 64 of his 90 pitches for strikes and did not walk a batter for the first time this season. The southpaw had a rocky start to the season as he got lit up for eight runs across seven innings in his first two starts but has turned things around with just one run allowed in his last two starts. Happ is lined up to start against the Mets again Thursday as he will look to replicate the dominant performance he just had.
Happ won't start this weekend against the Mets since the series was postponed, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Happ originally lined up to start Friday until the Mets reported two positive tests for COVID-19, and the league has now decided to postpone all three games. The Yankees' next game is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, but Happ may not take the mound for it as the team could adjust its starting rotation coming out of the weekend.
Happ's scheduled start Friday against the Mets was postponed, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
At least two members of the Mets organization tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, so the series opener between the two teams was postponed. It's unclear whether the rest of the series will proceed as scheduled or whether Happ will be the first Yankees pitcher to take the mound once the team resumes play. The southpaw earned his first win of the season in his last start as he improved to a 6.39 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 12.2 innings to begin the year.
Happ (1-1) allowed one run on three hits and two walks and struck out three in 5.2 innings to earn the win Sunday versus the Red Sox.
Happ essentially had his last scheduled start skipped after poor performances in his first two outings of the season. The extra time off served him well, with only a Kevin Pillar solo home run counting against Happ. The southpaw lowered his ERA to 6.39 with a 1.58 WHIP and six strikeouts in 12.2 innings this season. He'll face a slightly tougher challenge Friday against the Mets in his next start.
Happ won't start Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Happ had lined up to start Tuesday's game, but the Yankees announced that Jordan Montgomery will start in the series opener, followed by Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday. Happ could potentially start Saturday to take Montgomery's initial date, but it's unclear whether the 37-year-old will maintain a spot in the rotation after posting a 10.29 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over seven innings across his first two starts this year.
Happ (0-1) took the loss in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Phillies after allowing four runs on three hits with one strikeout and six walks over three innings.
The veteran southpaw struggled with his control from the beginning Wednesday, issuing two walks during the opening frame and throwing only 32 of his 66 pitches for strikes. Happ has now allowed eight runs through his first two starts of the season while covering only seven innings. He lines up for his next start Tuesday in Atlanta, assuming he retains his spot in the Yankees' rotation.
Happ allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two across four innings Thursday against the Orioles. He did not factor into the decision.
Happ was hit hard early in the game, as he allowed a pair of two-run home runs in the first two innings. He did settle in from there, retiring six of the last seven batters he faced. Notably, Happ threw 69 pitches, so if he can work more effectively, he may be able to work deeper into his next start. He currently lines up for another outing against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Manager Aaron Boone said Happ will likely start Thursday's game against the Orioles at Camden Yards, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
Heading into the week, Happ was initially scheduled to start the first contest of a four-game home-and-home series with the Phillies, but coronavirus-related concerns resulted in the first two games in Philadelphia being postponed. With the Orioles and Marlins also having postponed their first two games, Major League Baseball opted to alter all four teams' schedules. The Yankees will now play a pair of games in Baltimore before beginning a three-game series with the Red Sox over the weekend, with ace Gerrit Cole and Happ in line to draw turns at Camden Yards. Happ endured a rough 2019 campaign with the Yankees (4.91 ERA, 1.30 WHIP in 161.1 innings), but a strong spring and summer could have the southpaw positioned for a bounce-back year in 2020.
Happ won't make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Phillies after the game was postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
With several Marlins players and coaches testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend when the team played in Philadelphia, both the Yankees and Phillies are understandably reluctant to play at Citizens Bank Park. On the heels of the second straight postponement in Philadelphia, the Yankees have returned to the Bronx, where they are expected to host the Phillies for the remaining two games of the home-and-home series. Unless the Yankees choose to reorder their rotation following the back-to-back postponements, Happ is projected to make his first start of the season Wednesday.
Happ won't make his scheduled start Monday against the Phillies after the game was postponed due to COVID-19-related concerns, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The postponement comes after the Marlins had 12 players and two coaches test positive for COVID-19 within the last few days while the club played a three-game season-opening series in Philadelphia, per Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com. Since the Yankees would have had to use the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Ballpark that the Marlins recently occupied, the game will be postponed Monday as the two teams explore alternative plans for the four-game series.
Happ turned heads within the Yankees organization for his performance this spring, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.
Yankees vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring raved about Happ's showing in Grapefruit League play in an interview with Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network on Wednesday. "Thought he picked up where he left off the last six or seven weeks of last season," Naehring said. "Thought he came in with what looked to be great laser focus, crisp stuff." The accolades are no surprise given Happ's numbers this spring: a 2-0 record, 1.38 ERA and 16:1 K:BB over 13 innings. The southpaw is a lock for a spot in the Yankees' rotation when the 2020 season gets underway.
Happ allowed one run in four innings against Philadelphia on Monday, giving up three hits while striking out five.
Mikie Mahtook went deep against Happ in the third inning, but the hurler was otherwise excellent in his fourth Grapefruit League outing. Happ has solidified his hold on the No. 3 spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation with a dominant spring in which he has posted a 1.38 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 over 13 innings.
Happ pitched four scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League outing against the Phillies on Wednesday, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out six.
Happ's numbers this spring include one earned run allowed in nine innings, along with 11 strikeouts. Following injuries to James Paxton (back) and Luis Severino (elbow), Happ is lined up to be the Yankees' third starter to open the season in spite of a rocky 2019 campaign. He's far from a sure thing, but he could be a fantasy sleeper if he's able to return to the solid numbers he posted from 2016-2018.
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|2010||AAA-Lehigh Valley Ironpi||22.0||5||4||0||0||1||0||22||15||26||4.91||1.864|
|2011||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||18.0||3||3||0||1||0||0||16||9||11||1.50||1.111|
|2013||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||5.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||7||0||3||0.00||0.600|
|2013||R-Gcl Blue Jays||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0.00||1.333|
|2014||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||5.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||5||1||3||3.60||0.800|
|2017||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||7||9.00||2.333|