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Twins LHP J.A. Happ tested positive for COVID-19 during his intake on Saturday.
Happ is asymptomatic, but his start to Spring Training will be delayed. It’s unclear at this time when Happ will rejoin his teammates. The left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Twins during the offseason. Happ owned a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 42:15 K:BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2020. The 38-year-old is expected to be in the middle of the Twins rotation for 2021.
The Twins have signed free agent LHP J.A. Happ to a one-year, $8 million contract.
Happ ends up with the Twins after his player option was declined by the Yankees during the offseason. He posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 42:15 K:BB across 49 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2020. Happ is projected to be in the middle of the Twins rotation and currently 139th among all starting pitchers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
J.A. Happ is drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.
Morosi added that Happ has thrown more innings at Fenway Park, 66 2/3, than any ballpark he has not called home. He also holds a career 2.57 ERA in Boston. The 38-year old free agent has also been linked to the Angels. He posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and a 42:15 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings for the Yankees last season.
J.A. Happ is drawing interest from the Los Angeles of Anaheim, amongst other teams, according to Jon Moros of MLB Network.
Morosi also mentioned this isn't a surprising piece of news as new Angels GM Perry Minasian was working in the Blue Jays front office when Toronto acquired Happ on several different occasions. The 38-year old left-hander registered a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and a 42:15 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings for the Yankees last season.
The Yankees declined J.A. Happ's $17 million 2021 option.
This was a pretty easy call for New York despite Happ pitching well in 2020. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 3.47 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in nine starts. He'll likely receive a one-year contract this offseason.