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The New York Yankees today announced they have signed LHP J.A. Happ to a two-year contract through the 2020 season with a vesting option for 2021.

After being acquired by the Yankees from Toronto on July 26, 2018, in exchange for INF Brandon Drury and OF Billy McKinney, Happ, 36, went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA (63.2IP, 51H, 20R/19ER, 16BB, 63K, 10HR) in 11 starts. He won his first five starts with the club, becoming the first pitcher to start and win each of his first five appearances since Bob Turley in 1955. Happ’s current 12-start unbeaten streak is tied for the third-longest active streak in the Majors.

In 2018, Happ combined to go 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA (177.2IP, 150H, 81R/72ER, 51BB, 193K, 27HR) in 31 starts with the Blue Jays and Yankees. The native of Spring Valley, Ill. tied for the fourth-most wins in the AL (seventh in the Majors) and was named an AL All-Star, his first career All-Star selection. He set career highs in strikeouts, K/9.0IP ratio (9.78) and strikeout rate (26.3 percent).

Happ has gone 109-82 with a 3.90 ERA (1530.2IP, 1,448H, 712R/663ER, 556BB, 1,357K, 189HR) in 284 games (259 starts) over 12 seasons with the Phillies (2007-10), Astros (2010-12), Blue Jays (2012-14, ‘16-18), Mariners (2015), Pirates (2015) and Yankees (2018). He is one of nine pitchers to earn at least 10 wins in each of the last five seasons (since 2014).

Since the start of the 2016 season, Happ is 18-8 with a 2.84 ERA (231.2IP, 73ER) in 40 starts facing AL East foes. Over that span, his 18 wins are tied for fifth-most, while his ERA is third-lowest among starters with at least 100.0IP vs. the AL East. In 21 career games (20 starts) against the Red Sox, Happ is 8-4 with a 2.98 ERA (117.2IP, 39ER).

Happ becomes the first free agent starting pitcher signed to a multi-year contract by the Yankees since A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia both signed on December 18, 2008 (Masahiro Tanaka was signed in 2014 via the Japanese posting system).

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Happ played three years collegiately at Northwestern (Ill.) University.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated RHP Parker Bridwell for assignment.


Andrew Kivette

Assistant, Media Relations and Communications

New York Yankees

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